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Report | Lakers and Clippers to meet on opening night

April 5, 2016 - Los Angeles, California, U.S. - Los Angeles Clippers' BLAKE GRIFFIN collides with Los Angeles Lakers' JULIUS RANDLE during the first half at Staple Center in Los Angeles (Photo by Ed Crisostomo/Zuma Press/Icon Sportswire)
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The Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers will battle for Tinseltown supremacy when the two teams meet on opening night on Oct. 19, according to Brad Turner of The Los Angeles Times. The Lakers will be the home team for the game.

There was a time when Lakers-Clippers games drew virtually zero interest outside of Los Angeles, as the Lakers were always top dog in Hollywood and the Clippers never stood a chance of dethroning them.

That has changed in recent years, with the Lakers missing the playoffs for three consecutive seasons and the Clippers qualifying for the postseason every year since 2012.

Now, things appear to be heading toward less lopsided matchups on both sides.

Of course, the Clippers remain the better team, as Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan still roam the frontcourt, but with Chris Paul and J.J. Redick gone and the Lakers enjoying an infusion of young talent, the Clips’ recent dominance may be coming to a screeching halt sooner rather than later.

While most feel that the Lakers are not a playoff team yet, it’s hard not to be excited about the prospect of Lonzo Ball playing with fellow youngsters such as Brandon Ingram and Julius Randle, not to mention Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr.

Meanwhile, the Clippers have gone from a perennial Western Conference contender to a fringe playoff team. With the rest of the West improving and Doc Rivers’ club losing several key pieces, it remains to be seen whether or not the Clips will be able to return to the postseason for the seventh straight year.

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