LAL vs GSW DREAM11: Golden State Warriors visit the La La Land for a one-game road trip as they face the mighty Los Angeles Lakers in first of the four scheduled games in the NBA 2019-20 regular season at Staples Center.
There couldn’t have been more starking differences in both team’s fortunes this season as the Lakers lead the Western Conference following 8 wins from the first 10 games, while the Warriors are currently rooted at the bottom in the West.
Warriors’ bad form and the current position on the points table is mostly and rightly down to the big injury list. Both Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson are out with long-term injuries, while Draymond Green and D’Angelo Russell have already missed the games through injuries, Kevin Durant is no more a Warriors, while the legendary Andre Iguodala also left the franchise in the summer.
While the Los Angeles Lakers are looking towards the highest perch possible in NBA this season, and their lofty ambitions are fueled by the addition of Anthony Davos to the roster which already boasted the superstar and king LeBron James. The duo is leading almost every chart for the Lakers this season.
LeBron James: The three-time NBA champion is averaging a league-high 11 assist per game this season. He is also scoring at 24 points per game this season.
Anthony Davis: He is a monster of a payer who can dominate both ends of the court. The former New Orleans pelicans superstar is averaging a team-high 26.6 points per game this season.
D’Angelo Russell: Just a couple of games ago, he erupted for 52 points, but still, his efforts couldn’t save his team from the jaws of defeat. He is by far the best player for Warriors at this moment.
Lakers: Rajon Rondo will be held out of Lakers’ next game due to rest purposes. The 33-year-old made his first appearance of the season during Lakers’ 115-123 win over Phoenix Suns.
Lakers will monitor Troy Daniels ahead of this game. He is recovering from a knee injury.
Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson remain the long-term injury absentee for the Warriors. The former is recovering from a hand injury and is expected to return next year, while Thompson could miss the rest of the season.
Jacob Evans is also on the injury list at the moment and is expected to be out for the next three months, while Damion Lee, who suffered a fracture in his right hand during the game against Utah Jazz, is the latest player to head into the treatment room.
In addition, Omari Spellman will be evaluated before the game having missed the last game due to an ankle injury.
Lakers: LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Jared Dudley, Kostas Antetokounmpo, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Alex Caruso, Quinn Cook, Troy Daniels, Danny Green, Talen Horton-Tucker, Dwight Howard, JaVale McGee, Zach Norvell
Warriors: Ky Bowman, Willie-Caulie Stein, Alec Burks, Omari Spellman (Doubtful), Marquese Chriss, Eric Paschall, Jordan Poole, Glenn Robinson III, D’Angelo Russell
Lakers: Anthony Davis, LeBron James, JaVale McGee, Avery Bradley, Danny Green
Warriors: Glenn Robinson III, Draymond Green, Willie Cauley-Stein, Jordan Poole, D’Angelo Russell
PG: A Bradley, K Bowman
SG: D Green
SF: L James (SP), G Robinson III
PF: A Davis, K Kuzma
C: W Cauley-Stein