The two Los Angeles teams face off on Tuesday as the Clippers, currently fourth in the Western Conference, take on the ninth-place Lakers.
The Clippers are the designated home team - both franchises play at Crypto.com Arena - and they sit two games back from the first-place Minnesota Timberwolves for the top spot out West.
The Lakers, after storming through the field to win the inaugural In-Season Tournament, are struggling at 22-22 and currently occupy a Play-In Tournament spot.
|LA Clippers -9.5
|Crypto.com Arena, Los Angeles, CA
|10 PM ET, Tuesday, January 23
|How to watch
Key players appear on the Lakers' injury report: Lebron James is out with an ankle injury, Anthony Davis is probable with a minor Achilles issue, Jarred Vanderbilt is also probable with a heel injury, and Gabe Vincent is out with a knee injury.
Center Ivica Zubac is out with a calf injury, and Moussa Diabate is out with a hip injury.
The Los Angeles teams employ different styles, and that's evident in their statistics.
The Lakers play at the seventh-fastest pace while the Clippers' pace is 26th-fastest in the NBA. The Clippers score the ninth-most points per game and allow the ninth-fewest, while the Lakers score the 17th-most and allow the 16th-fewest.
The Clippers, with great one-on-one players in Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, James Harden, and Russell Westbrook, put their players in isolation scenarios more often than any other team. The Lakers, on the other hand, run in transition the fifth-most often in the NBA.
Both teams shoot a similar field goal percentage, with the Clippers ranked fifth at 49.3 percent and the Lakers seventh at 48.9 percent. Their opponents, on average, shoot at similar rates against these teams: 46.8 percent against the Lakers and 46.4 percent against the Clippers.
The absence of LeBron James - the Lakers' second-leading scorer, leading assist provider, and the leading shot-taker - will make a difference in this matchup between high-profile West Coast teams.
Odds mentioned in this article were correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.