UPDATE: LeBron and AD are officially available to play tonight vs. the Clippers, per coach Frank Vogel.
Everyone is available to play tonight for the Lakers and the starters will be LeBron, AD, JaVale McGee, Avery Bradley and Danny Green.— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) December 25, 2019
UPDATE: LeBron and Davis are both expected to play on Christmas vs. the Clippers, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Tuesday.
Reporting with @McTen: Stars are aligned for Lakers-Clippers on Christmas Day. Lakers conducted impromptu practice this morning and LeBron James (groin) and Anthony Davis (knee) are expected to play vs. Paul George and Kawhi Leonard at 8 PM ET on ABC.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 24, 2019
Arguably, this is most anticipated game on the NBA schedule. The Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers are the two favorites to win the NBA Championship. At +300, the have identical odds to win the title.
For all the hype this game comes with, there’s currently an asterisk. Both Anthony Davis and LeBron James are questionable to play. Obviously, these are huge names and the outlook of the game completely changes depending on whether these MVP candidates are available to play.
Clipper vs. Lakers spread, over/under, money line
Spread: Lakers (-2)
Money line: Lakers (-132), Clippers (+112)
I don’t even know what to make of this game at first glance. It seems to be priced as if James and Davis will both play, which probably isn’t a terrible expectation. They are going to do everything possible to get ready for this game and we know the NBA wouldn’t be thrilled with stars sitting in a premier game on National TV. Still, we can’t look past the injury report. If either LeBron or AD sit, this certainly seems like a game the Clippers would run away with. The only other time these teams played, the Clippers beat the Lakers by 10 on opening night. They didn’t have Paul George active for that game and we should expect the Clips to be at full strength for this game, which can’t be said for the Lakers. If both James and Davis play, I lean slightly towards the Clippers. If either or both are out, the Lakers are in trouble.
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