Wednesday, October 31st vs. Memphis Grizzlies
The Clippers kick off the 2012-13 season at home against the team they beat in last year’s playoffs: the Memphis Grizzlies.
It seemed that every one of the Clippers-Grizzlies playoff games was an instant classic, each one decided in the final minutes, which is why I expect the first game these two teams play against each other to be an exciting one.
The Clippers are an up-and-coming team, hoping to breakthrough this season to get to the NBA Finals.
In order to do so, however, they must prove they can consistently beat another up-and-coming team, the Memphis Grizzlies.
Friday, November 2nd @ Los Angeles Lakers
In years past, Clippers-Lakers games were dull—the Lakers were always favorites over the lowly Clippers.
However, since the Clippers acquired Chris Paul, the Clippers and Lakers have become inner-city rivals.
Now that the Lakers have acquired Steve Nash and have become a contending team, the stakes have only gotten higher for the Clippers to beat them and prove themselves as a playoff team that can make a deep run.
Although the game is in Los Angeles, it’s a home game for the Lakers. I expect the stands to be full of Lakers fans, which will make it a hostile environment for the Clippers to play in.
Wednesday, November 14th vs. Miami Heat
November will be a tough month for the Clippers, as they will face a number of playoff teams.
The toughest test for the Clippers, however, will be against the defending champions, the Miami Heat.
Although this game is at home and comes after a few days of rest, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and the Heat’s plethora of three-points shooters may be too much to handle.
Monday, November 19th @ San Antonio Spurs
The November 19th game against the San Antonio Spurs marks the beginning of four-game road trip for the Clippers.
As Chris Paul faces opposing all-star point guard Tony Parker, the Clippers will look to redeem themselves after being embarrassingly swept by the Spurs in last year’s playoffs.
Wednesday, November 21st @ Oklahoma City Thunder
The Clippers will face another tough test against the defending Western Conference champions, the Oklahoma City Thunder.
To represent the West in the NBA Finals, the Clippers will have to go through Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and the Thunder at some point.
On November 21st, the Clippers will have the chance to prove to themselves that they are a serious threat.
Friday, November 23rd @ Brooklyn Nets
In the third game of their four-game road trip, the Chris Paul-Deron Williams rivalry may be renewed as the Clippers take on the new-look Brooklyn Nets.
October/November W-L Prediction: 10-5
Wins: Grizzlies, Warriors, Cavaliers, Trailblazers, Hawks (2), Bulls, Nets, Hornets, Timberwolves
Losses: Lakers, Spurs (2), Heat, Thunder