LA Clippers fans along with the rest of the NBA got their first looks at the 2019-2020 schedule yesterday. It’s nothing short of jam-packed, bursting with rival games and prospect showcases.
Let’s take a look at some of the most anticipated Clippers games for the season.
Lakeshow Vs. Clamp City
The first notable game of the season is the opening game (10/22), surprisingly enough. The Clippers are taking on their biggest rivals in the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center (on Clippers’ homecourt) for the matchup NBA fans have been clamoring to see ever since the Lakers and Clippers both had fantastic offseasons. It’s the NBA’s finest in Kawhi Leonard and his new co-star Paul George taking on Lebron James the King and his newest MVP-worthy mate Anthony Davis. It will set the tone for these two competitors, as they have to play each other three times afterward. Two home games for the Clips and Lakers both.
The Lakers and Clips also have a Christmas Day (12/25) game as well, which is one of the headliners for that day. The Clippers have a 6-8 record on Christmas, and they’ll be looking for revenge against the team that beat them in their last Christmas game. The dates for the other games are 1/28/20, and 3/8/20.
NorCal vs. SoCal
The Clippers will also be taking on the team that beat them in the playoffs last year in the Golden State Warriors. Since then, the Warriors have stayed the favorites of the Pacific thanks to great trading and a more youthful team with the addition of D’Angelo Russell. The second game of the season for LA (10/24) will be played in San Francisco, and it will be the first game played at the brand new Chase Center. A game that will be in the history books, whether it be a win or a loss. In total, they play each other four times. 1/10/20, 3/10/20, and 4/11/20 are the other three matchup dates.
Sacramento will also see LA four times, trying to get back on their feet after just falling short of the playoffs last year. Their most notable matchup is on 12/31, which would be a New Year’s Eve game at Golden 1 Center. Other than that, they meet on 1/30/20, 2/22/20, and 4/2/20.
Two other games that have NBA fans talking are the Oklahoma City and Toronto matchups. On 12/11, Kawhi Leonard will have a homecoming in Toronto, the city that brought him his second championship. Then, on 12/22, Paul George will return to OKC for the first time, facing his former team. Toronto plays at LA on 11/11, and OKC will face the Clippers on 11/18, 3/3/20, and 4/4/20 as well. Alongside PG13’s homecoming, it will also be a look at former Clippers Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Danilo Gallinari in their new Thunder uniforms.
Other Matchups Of Note
The Clippers will get to face a highly-touted prospect in Zion Williamson when they play New Orleans on 11/14, 11/24, 1/18/20, and 3/14/20. And finally, the Clippers will end the season off against Portland on 4/15/20. They’ll also play each other on 11/7 and 12/3.
The 2019-2020 season might prove to be the toughest yet for the Clippers, as the West has become incredibly competitive. The Lakers are stacked and ready to compete, and Warriors will be playing to win with Steph Curry and Russell both getting acquainted. The Rockets and Denver also have their chances to take the 1st seed as well.
The Pacific will be a dogfight in and of itself, but with Kawhi and Paul being supported by a youthful bench and great coaching, the Clippers might just hang in there for a while.
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