The battle for Los Angeles has taken a different course this year. While experts and fans predicted that the Lakers, bolstered by the additions of stars Steve Nash and Dwight Howard, would reign supreme in the West, it’s their crosstown rivals, the Clippers, who actually dominate the Pacific today.
Almost halfway through the 2012-2013 season however, the Clips own the second best record in the league (25-7), while the Lakers sit one game under .500. The Clippers are a deep team, with seven players averaging over eight points per game. Stars Chris Paul and Blake Griffin have been nothing short of spectacular, with each averaging nearly a double-double every contest this season.
Contender beware though: any team with as potent of a lineup as the Lakers--you may have heard of Kobe, Pau, and Dwight--should be feared at all times, even when the naysayers say their core is too old and disparate.
This Friday, the Lakers will set out to prove that the Western balance of power is not shifting--that their squad still puts on the best show in LA. For both teams, this is a veritable home game, but the Clippers are technically hosting the Lakers.
For this star-studded matchup, you’ll have to pull out the big bucks. As of January 2nd, the average ticket price on the secondary market for this game was $430.82. This is well above the average for Lakers Tickets and Clippers Tickets, at $283.24 and $123.99 respectively. Last year’s matchup on April 4 between these two heated rivals netted an average ticket price of $398. Check out other NBA tickets on the primary market, and the Lakers schedule here.