The Los Angeles Clippers will open the 2012-2013 season with a good mix of new and old faces. Blake Griffin and Chris Paul, the faces of the franchise, will be joined by some of the core contributors from last season's team as well as some incoming veterans who will make contributions of their own.
Point guard Eric Bledsoe, small forward Caron Butler and center DeAndre Jordan are all returning and will provide some stability to a team with a multitude of new faces joining the roster. Additionally, Chauncey Billups, who missed all but 20 games last season, will likely return to the lineup sometime in November.
Three of the six newcomers are accomplished veterans who are likely to make a substantial impact on the Clippers this season. Two of them, Jamal Crawford (2010) and Lamar Odom (2011) are former Sixth Man of the Year Award winners. Grant Hill, who has been a positive influence on every team he has played for, shared Rookie of the Year honors with Jason Kidd back in 1995.
Through stability, solid contributions from the newcomers and the All-Star play of Blake Griffin and Chris Paul, the Clippers have a legitimate chance at a 50-win season and will make the playoffs in two consecutive years for the first time in two decades.
Here are game-by-game predictions for the 2012-2013 Los Angeles Clippers:
Game 1, Wednesday, October 31 versus Memphis Grizzlies- Clippers lose their season opener to the Grizzlies (Record 0-1).
Game 2, Friday, November 2 at Los Angeles Lakers- Clippers drop a road game to the Lakers (Record 0-2).
Game 3, Saturday, November 3 versus Golden State Warriors- Clippers defeat the Warriors in the second half of a back-to-back (Record 1-2).
Game 4, Monday, November 5 versus Cleveland Cavaliers- Clippers get a home win over the Cavaliers (Record 2-2).
Game 5, Wednesday, November 7 versus San Antonio Spurs- Clippers close a perfect 3-0 homestand with a victory over the Spurs (Record 3-2).
Game 6, Thursday, November 8 at Portland Trail Blazers- Clippers play for the third time in four nights and drop a road game to the Trail Blazers (Record 3-3).
Game 7, Sunday, November 11 versus Atlanta Hawks- Clippers get back on track with a home win over the Hawks (Record 4-3).
Game 8, Wednesday, November 14 versus Miami Heat- Clippers get an impressive victory over LeBron James and the Heat (Record 5-3).
Game 9, Saturday, November 17 versus Chicago Bulls- Clippers beat the Derrick Rose-less Bulls (Record 6-3).
Game 10, Monday, November 19 at San Antonio Spurs- Clippers fall to the Spurs at the AT&T Center (Record 6-4).
Game 11, Wednesday, November 21 at Oklahoma City Thunder- Clippers get a solid road win over the Thunder (Record 7-4).
Game 12, Friday, November 23 at Brooklyn Nets- Clippers drop a road game to Deron Williams and the Nets (Record 7-5).
Game 13, Saturday, November 24 at Atlanta Hawks- Clippers close a disappointing 1-3 road trip with a loss to the Hawks (Record 7-6).
Game 14, Monday, November 26 versus New Orleans Hornets- Clippers open a three-game homestand with a victory over Eric Gordon and the Hornets (Record 8-6).
Game 15, Wednesday, November 28 versus Minnesota Timberwolves- Clippers defeat the visiting Timberwolves (Record 9-6).
Game 16, Saturday, December 1 versus Sacramento Kings- Clippers open December with a victory over the Kings (Record 10-6).
Game 17, Monday, December 3 at Utah Jazz- Clippers get a road win over the Jazz (Record 11-6).
Game 18, Wednesday, December 5 versus Dallas Mavericks- Clippers drop a home game to Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks (Record 11-7).
Game 19, Saturday, December 8 versus Phoenix Suns- Clippers rebound with a victory over the Suns (Record 12-7).
Game 20, Sunday, December 9 versus Toronto Raptors- Clippers fall to the Raptors in the second half of a back-to-back (Record 12-8).
Game 21, Tuesday, December 11 at Chicago Bulls- Clippers begin a four-game road trip with a victory over the Bulls (Record 13-8).
Game 22, Wednesday, December 12 at Charlotte Bobcats- Clippers play for the fourth time in five nights and drop a road game to the Bobcats (Record 13-9).
Game 23, Saturday, December 15 at Milwaukee Bucks- Clippers get back on track by beating the Bucks at the Bradley Center (Record 14-9).
Game 24, Monday, December 17 at Detroit Pistons- Clippers defeat the Pistons (Record 15-9).
Game 25, Wednesday, December 19 versus New Orleans Hornets- Clippers open a brief two-game homestand with a victory over the Hornets (Record 16-9).
Game 26, Friday, December 21 versus Sacramento Kings- Clippers get a home win over the Kings (Record 17-9).
Game 27, Sunday, December 23 at Phoenix Suns- Clippers beat the Suns at the US Airways Center for the first time since April 17, 2007 (Record 18-9).
Game 28, Tuesday, December 25 versus Denver Nuggets- Clippers win their Christmas Day matchup against the Nuggets (Record 19-9).
Game 29, Thursday, December 27 versus Boston Celtics- Clippers defeat the Celtics and earn their 20th win of the season (Record 20-9).
Game 30, Friday, December 28 at Utah Jazz- Clippers play for the third time in four nights and drop a road game to the Jazz (Record 20-10).
Game 31, Sunday, December 30 versus Utah Jazz- Clippers get immediate revenge by defeating the Jazz at the Staples Center (Record 21-10).
Game 32, Tuesday, January 1 at Denver Nuggets- Clippers fall to the Nuggets at the Pepsi Center (Record 21-11).
Game 33, Wednesday, January 2 at Golden State Warriors- Clippers lose to the Warriors in the second half of a back-to-back (Record 21-12).
Game 34, Friday, January 4 versus Los Angeles Lakers- Clippers drop a home game to the Lakers (Record 21-13).
Game 35, Saturday, January 5 versus Golden State Warriors- Clippers fall to the Warriors and suffer their fourth consecutive loss (Record 21-14).
Game 36, Wednesday, January 9 versus Dallas Mavericks- Clippers get a close win over the Mavericks (Record 22-14).
Game 37, Saturday, January 12 versus Orlando Magic- Clippers defeat the Magic to close a 2-2 homestand (Record 23-14).
Game 38, Monday, January 14 at Memphis Grizzlies- Clippers open a three-game road trip with a victory over the Grizzlies at the FedExForum (Record 24-14).
Game 39, Tuesday, January 15 at Houston Rockets- Clippers fall to Jeremy Lin and the Rockets in the second half of a back-to-back (Record 24-15).
Game 40, Thursday, January 17 at Minnesota Timberwolves- Clippers play their third game in four nights and drop a road game to the Timberwolves (Record 24-16).
Game 41, Saturday, January 19 versus Washington Wizards- Clippers rebound with a victory over John Wall and the Wizards (Record 25-16).
Game 42, Monday, January 21 at Golden State Warriors- Clippers get a road win over the Warriors (Record 26-16).
Game 43, Tuesday, January 22 versus Oklahoma City Thunder- Clippers drop a home game to Russell Westbrook and the Thunder (Record 26-17).
Game 44, Thursday, January 24 at Phoenix Suns- Clippers win a close game over the Suns (Record 27-17).
Game 45, Saturday, January 26 at Portland Trail Blazers- Clippers fall to the Trail Blazers at the Rose Garden (Record 27-18).
Game 46, Sunday, January 27 versus Portland Trail Blazers- Clippers win the second half of their home-and-home back-to-back with the Trail Blazers (Record 28-18).
Game 47, Wednesday, January 30 at Minnesota Timberwolves- Clippers open an eight-game road trip with a victory over Kevin Love and the Timberwolves (Record 29-18).
Game 48, Friday, February 1 at Toronto Raptors- Clippers defeat the Raptors at the Air Canada Centre for the first time since February 8, 2008 (Record 30-18).
Game 49, Sunday, February 3 at Boston Celtics- Clippers lose a Sunday matinee to the Celtics (Record 30-19).
Game 50, Monday, February 4 at Washington Wizards- Clippers beat the Wizards in the second half of a back-to-back (Record 31-19).
Game 51, Wednesday, February 6 at Orlando Magic- Clippers play for the third time in four nights and drop a road game to the Magic (Record 31-20).
Game 52, Friday, February 8 at Miami Heat- Clippers fall to the Heat (Record 31-21).
Game 53, Sunday, February 10 at New York Knicks- Clippers lose to Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks at Madison Square Garden (Record 31-22).
Game 54, Monday, February 11 at Philadelphia 76ers- Clippers close a 4-4 road trip with a victory over Andrew Bynum and the 76ers (Record 32-22).
Game 55, Wednesday, February 13 versus Houston Rockets- Clippers win a close game against the Rockets (Record 33-22).
Game 56, Thursday, February 14 at Los Angeles Lakers- Clippers head into the All-Star break with a loss to the star-studded Lakers (Record 33-23).
Game 57, Thursday, February 21 versus San Antonio Spurs- Clippers open the second half of the season with a solid win over the Spurs (Record 34-23).
Game 58, Saturday, February 23 versus Utah Jazz- Clippers fall to the Jazz (Record 34-24).
Game 59, Tuesday, February 26 versus Charlotte Bobcats- Clippers close a 2-1 homestand with a double-digit victory over the Bobcats (Record 35-24).
Game 60, Thursday, February 28 at Indiana Pacers- Clippers close February with a road win over the Pacers (Record 36-24).
Game 61, Friday, March 1 at Cleveland Cavaliers- Clippers defeat the Cavaliers to successfully complete a back-to-back (Record 37-24).
Game 62, Sunday, March 3 versus Oklahoma City Thunder- Clippers drop a home game to the Thunder (Record 37-25).
Game 63, Wednesday, March 6 versus Milwaukee Bucks- Clippers close a brief two-game homestand with a victory over the Bucks (Record 38-25).
Game 64, Thursday, March 7 at Denver Nuggets- Clippers visit the Mile High City and fall to the Nuggets in the second half of a back-to-back (Record 38-26).
Game 65, Sunday, March 10 versus Detroit Pistons- Clippers defeat the Pistons (Record 39-26).
Game 66, Wednesday, March 13 versus Memphis Grizzlies- Clippers earn their 40th win of the season with a victory over the Grizzlies (Record 40-26).
Game 67, Sunday, March 17 versus New York Knicks- Clippers beat the Knicks to close a perfect 3-0 homestand (Record 41-26).
Game 68, Tuesday, March 19 at Sacramento Kings- Clippers get a road win over the Kings in the first half of a back-to-back (Record 42-26).
Game 69, Wednesday, March 20 versus Philadelphia 76ers- Clippers play for the third time in four nights and drop a home game to the 76ers (Record 42-27).
Game 70, Saturday, March 23 versus Brooklyn Nets- Clippers get a home win over the visiting Nets (Record 43-27).
Game 71, Tuesday, March 26 at Dallas Mavericks- Clippers fall to the Mavericks at the American Airlines Center (Record 43-28).
Game 72, Wednesday, March 27 at New Orleans Hornets- Clippers rebound with a victory over Anthony Davis and the young Hornets (Record 44-28).
Game 73, Friday, March 29 at San Antonio Spurs- Clippers fall to the Spurs in the first half of a back-to-back (Record 44-29).
Game 74, Saturday, March 30 at Houston Rockets- Clippers lose to the Rockets and drop both legs of the Texas Two Step (Record 44-30).
Game 75, Monday, April 1 versus Indiana Pacers- Clippers beat the Pacers and win the season series for the first time in eight years (Record 45-30).
Game 76, Wednesday, April 3 versus Phoenix Suns- Clippers get a home win over the Suns (Record 46-30).
Game 77, Sunday, April 7 versus Los Angeles Lakers- Clippers defeat Kobe Bryant and the Lakers (Record 47-30).
Game 78, Wednesday, April 10 versus Minnesota Timberwolves- Clippers close a perfect 4-0 homestand with a victory over the Timberwolves (Record 48-30).
Game 79, Friday, April 12 at New Orleans Hornets- Clippers get a road win over the Hornets in the first half of a back-to-back (Record 49-30).
Game 80, Saturday, April 13 at Memphis Grizzlies- Clippers lose their penultimate road game to the Grizzlies (Record 49-31).
Game 81, Tuesday, April 16 versus Portland Trail Blazers- Clippers get a victory over LaMarcus Aldridge and the Trail Blazers (Record 50-31).
Game 82, Wednesday, April 17 at Sacramento Kings- Clippers close the regular season with their seventh consecutive win over the Kings (Record 51-31).
Prediction: Chris Paul and Blake Griffin will lead the Los Angeles Clippers to the first 50-win season in franchise history.
Mark is a lifelong fan of the NBA who has loved the game of basketball ever since his first trip to an NBA arena. Mark has watched more basketball games than anyone can count and has hundreds of articles about the NBA published on the internet. Mark also shares his random NBA musings and game-by-game predictions on RandomNBAFan.com.
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Information from ESPN.com's Los Angeles Clippers 2013 Schedule, Jamal Crawford Stats, Lamar Odom Stats, Grant Hill Stats and Basketball-Reference.com's Los Angeles Clippers Franchise Index was used for this article.
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