James expected to play against Clippers

James expected to play against Clippers

Two days after downing the Los Angeles Lakers, Antetokounmpo made light work of the New York Knicks in 123-103 victory for the Bucks (26-4) at Madison Square Garden.

Joel Embiid's 21 points and 13 rebounds led the Philadelphia 76ers to a 125-108 win against Washington Wizards, snapping a three-game losing streak.

The defeat was the third straight loss for the first place Lakers, who are also hoping that Anthony Davis can suit up on Wednesday when they face the Los Angeles Clippers in one of five Christmas Day NBA contests.

Since the offseason, the Clippers and the Lakers have been the two most-hyped teams in the Western Conference, and many believe it will come down to these two in the Western Conference Playoffs. In that game, both teams were without key players, as the Lakers were missing Rajon Rondo and Kyle Kuzma.

The Clippers posted a 112-102 win over the Lakers when the teams met October 22 on the opening night of the season despite not having the services of forward Paul George, who underwent offseason surgery on both shoulders. However, in the Lakers loss, we know one thing from that game that they will have to improve upon. Lakers have a 10-3 home record, while the Clippers have an 8-8 road record.

TORONTO (AP) - Jaylen Brown scored 30 points, Kemba Walker had 22 and Boston beat Toronto in the first Christmas Day NBA game played in Canada. Lakers dish more assists (25.9 to 23.3) and commit fewer turnovers per game (15.5 to 16.2), while Clippers grab more rebounds (47.8 to 45.5). Since Paul George will be back in action in this game, the Lakers really need to close that gap in bench scoring.

The Lakers determined the status of their two stars during an impromptu practice Tuesday morning, according to Wojnarowski and McMenamin.

This game has all the makings of a great showdown for National Basketball Association fans on Christmas Night.

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