The Clippers (25-8) have dropped their past two games following a 17-game winning streak but with Chris Paul's tendency to step his game up against the Lakers, they could easily get back on the right track. Paul has 40 points and 31 dimes across the last two games in which both Los Angeles teams went head to head so fans shouldn't be too concerned about his assist slump lately.
The Lakers (15-16) have been struggling too, dropping two of three after their season-long five game winning streak. They shouldn't be too discouraged though since recent history has strictly favored the Lakers (won four of last six meetings against the Clippers).
After Friday's battle for Los Angeles, the Lakers will have one day off before remaining home to take host the Nuggets. The Clippers will not be as fortunate as they're scheduled to play a Warriors team who has already defeated them twice this season Saturday night.
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