Lakers, Clippers preseason games set, including two against each other

The Lakers and Clippers will face each other twice for the reduced NBA regular season tips on December 22, starting with both teams’ preseason opener on December 11 at 7:00 PM and then again on December 13 at 6:30 PM.

The Lakers also have two pre-season games scheduled on the road against the Phoenix Suns at 7 p.m. on December 16 and December 18.

The Clippers will play only one more time in the preseason, on December 17 against Utah at 7:00 PM. All three preseason games are at home.

For the foreseeable future, there will be no fans in Staples Center spell.

The Lakers are launching a title defense and debuting a handful of new players – including former Clipper Montrezl Harrell – after winning the franchise’s 17th title in the NBA bubble at Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

The Clippers will debut veteran center Serge Ibaka and tried to redeem themselves after failing to reach their championship goal in Florida, where they subsequently lost with a 3-1 lead in the second round of the playoffs of the Western Conference.

The NBA training camps will open on Tuesday, around that time the league indicated that this was the case plans to release the first block of the regular season as it returns to play outside the bubble for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic, causing the league to suspend the action in March.

Each team will play 72 games in the regular season (10 less than normal), with each team playing three games against every opponent in their conference (42 games per team). Each link contains either two home games and a road race, or a home game and two road races, as randomly assigned by the league office.

The Lakers and Clippers each play three times against each Western Conference team and twice against each Eastern Conference team.

Against their Western Conference foes, the LA teams play two home games against the Northwest Division teams: Denver, Minnesota, Oklahoma City, Portland, and Utah, and one home game against Southwest Division teams: Dallas, Houston, Memphis, New Orleans, and San Antonio.

Against their Pacific Division opponents, the Lakers will face Golden State and Phoenix twice. The Clippers will be the home side twice against the Lakers and Sacramento.