The Los Angeles Clippers host the Los Angeles Lakers Saturday night in the battle for Staples Center, a matchup for the two best teams in the Pacific Division. This is the first of three meetings between the two teams this season. Here are the relevant details of Saturday's game:
Records: Lakers (9-4), Clippers (5-3)
Location: Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles
Time: 7:30 p.m. PST
TV: Prime Ticket (Clippers broadcast) and KCAL (Lakers broadcast)
Offensive Efficiency: Clippers 107.3 points per 100 possessions (sixth in NBA); Lakers 102.8 (14th)
Defensive Efficiency: Lakers 97.6 (fourth in NBA); Clippers 104.9 (23rd)
Leading Scorers: Kobe Bryant, Lakers (31.2 points per game, first in NBA); Blake Griffin, Clippers (23.2 ppg, seventh). Bryant has scored at least 40 points in each of his last three games.
Leading Rebounders: Andrew Bynum, Lakers (13.6 rebounds per game, third in NBA); Griffin, Clippers (10.8 rpg, sixth). Griffin has 38 boards in his last three games.
Leading Assist Men: Chris Paul, Clippers (8.8 assists per game, fifth in NBA); Bryant, Lakers (5.5 apg)
Series: The Clippers and Lakers have split their last 10 games with the Clippers as the home team.
Home Sweet Home: The Clippers have won four straight home games this season and are 4-1 at Staples Center this season, losing only their home opener to the Chicago Bulls. The Clippers are 20-6 in their last 26 home games, dating back to last season. Meanwhile, the Lakers are 8-1 at Staples Center this season, winning their last eight contests in Los Angeles.