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Wednesday, October 29th (All times eastern)

Los Angeles Lakers (1-0) at Los Angeles Clippers (0-0), 10:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers are off to a good start this season and will try to stay unbeaten tonight against the rival Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center.

The Lakers opened the 2008-09 campaign on Tuesday night with a 96-76 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers in LA. Bryant, the reigning NBA MVP, ended with 23 points and 11 rebounds to lead the way. Pau Gasol opened his first full season with the Lakers by adding 15 points and seven boards.

Trevor Ariza was the only other double-digit scorer for Phil Jackson's squad, as he netted 11 points in a winning cause. Promising big man Andrew Bynum was back in regular-season action with eight points. Bynum missed most of last season with a knee injury.

Meanwhile, Clippers head coach Mike Dunleavy assumed the general manager duties in the offseason after Elgin Baylor stepped down and suffered through one of the worst seasons in franchise history in 2007-08, when the team ended with a 23-59 mark. The Clippers missed the playoffs for the second straight year and 10th in 11 seasons.

The Clippers failed to come to an agreement with forward Elton Brand, who took his game east and signed with the Philadelphia 76ers. They did, however, solidified the point guard spot with the addition of Baron Davis. Davis, though, is questionable for the season opener due to a finger injury.

In 82 games for the Golden State Warriors a year ago, Davis averaged 21.8 points, 7.6 assists and 4.7 rebounds. Davis will team up with another big-time acquisition in center Marcus Camby, who was acquired in a deal from Denver. The defensive-minded Camby notched 9.1 points and 13.1 rebounds in 79 contests in 2007-08. He is currently battling a heel problem and is listed as doubtful for Wednesday's game.

Veteran center Chris Kaman, second-year forward Al Thornton and shooting guard Cuttino Mobley will also thrive with the experienced Davis running the floor. In 56 games last season for the Clippers, Kaman finished with career numbers in scoring (15.7), rebounding (12.7) and blocks (2.8).

Clippers forward Tim Thomas (groin) is doubtful against the Lakers.

The Lakers won all four meetings with the Clippers last season and are 7-2 in the previous nine matchups. The Clippers have dropped two straight as the host in this series.

10/29 10:34:23 ET


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