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The trajectory of both teams has changed. The Clippers window has closed since the core of a team has 3 years to win a title then they start to decline unless a major change happens. The Lakers on the other hand have a lot of youth, but their biggest acquisition was Walton. He is going to change the culture and if Jim Buss keeps his word and quits after this season (not banking on it) that will be the biggest chip to fall. The Lakers will win about 30 games and the Clippers will be in the 50’s, but when it comes to the playoffs the 2nd round is their ceiling. In the offseason the Lakers are one superstar away from becoming contenders in the West.

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