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LA: Nothing like a little friendly competition

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The GIST: Big ups to Kings’ captain Anže Kopitar for earning his 1,000th career NHL point last night. The excitement keeps building with not one, not two, but three LA-area rivalries on deck this week.

May 06, 2021
Source: Marcio Jose Sanchez/Associated Press
Source: Marcio Jose Sanchez/Associated Press

🏀NBA: The Battle of LA between the Clippers and Lakers tips off tonight at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. And the clash between the Staples Center hallmates might be a first-round playoff preview: the Clips will likely be the third or fourth seed in the Western Conference, while the Lakers hope to secure fifth or sixth.

  • For both sides, health is wealth. The energetic Patrick Beverley, who missed 12 games with a fractured hand, returned on Tuesday to help the Clips end a three-game skid.
  • LeBron won’t play for the Lakers tonight to rest his sore ankle, but the team still has their real secret weapon: singer and superfan Halsey, who returned to NBA Twitter on Monday. Welcome back.

⚾️MLB: Over at the Big A, the 13-16 Angels will host the 17-15 Dodgers in a Freeway Series starting tomorrow at 9:38 p.m. ET/6:38 p.m. PT. It’s early in the season, but despite the big names and big highlights, neither team’s been faring quite so hot lately. 

⚽️MLS: On the pitch, the Galaxy and LAFC will kick off the season’s first edition of El Trafíco on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. A match featuring Galaxy’s electric Chicharito and LAFC’s 2020 Golden Boot winner Diego Rossi? Give us all the goals.