The Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers square off in the most important regular season game of the season for either team. Both LA teams enter the Wednesday night showdown tied in the Western Conference as the sixth and seventh seeds.
With just two games left to play after Wednesday this one game could determine the fate of both teams. The loser could be subjugated to the NBA Play-In Tournament while the winner could be a top-six seed in the Western Conference and instantly jump into the NBA Playoffs.
It is a massive game with massive implications. Here is everything you need to know about the outlook of both teams heading into this game.
LeBron James injury update vs Clippers:
LeBron James status for the game will not be decided until right before tip-off. NBA insider Shams Charnia reported on Wednesday afternoon that James would be a game-time decision.
It is impossible to know whether or not LeBron is going to play as the team has been safe with the back-to-backs thus far. That being said, this could be an attempt by the Lakers to angle the Clippers and not give them too much intel.
Full Lakers injury report vs Clippers:
LeBron James is not the only Lakers star that is going to be a game-time decision. Anthony Davis, who has not played any back-to-backs since returning to action, is also going to be a game-time decision for the purple and gold.
Both Mo Bamba and D’Angelo Russell have been upgraded as well. Bamba and Russell are both listed as probable. Bamba has not played for several weeks due to an ankle sprain while Russell has been dealing with foot soreness, missing Tuesday’s game against Utah.
Full Clippers injury report vs Lakers:
Paul George remains out of action for the Clippers due to the sprained knee that he suffered two weeks ago. George is scheduled to be re-evaluated soon but there have not been any concrete updates on his status and when he might be able to return.
Both Marcus Morris (illness) and Eric Gordon (hip) are listed as questionable against the purple and gold. Morris has not played since March 25 while Eric Gordon missed the team’s last game on April 1.