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Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Lakers
7:30 PM Pacific time / 10:30 PM Eastern Time
Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA
TV: Local: TWC Sportsnet, TWC Deportes (Los Angeles), Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area(Oakland/San Francisco) National: NBA League Pass
Line: Los Angeles Lakers no line as of 7am PST
Los Angeles Lakers: 8-19, 14th in the Western Conference
Golden State Warriors: 23-3, 1st in the Western Conference
Record vs. each other: Lakers are 0-2 versus the Warriors this season.
Out: Steve Nash (back), Julius Randle (leg), Ryan Kelly (Hamstring), Xavier Henry (Achilles)
Probable: Kobe Bryant (fatigue)
Out: Andrew Bogut (knee)
*injury updates via Rotoworld.com
- The Lakers have lost 3 in a row, dropped to 2nd to last in the conference and now face the hottest team in the NBA in the Golden State Warriors.
- The Warriors had their 16 game winning streak snapped by the Memphis Grizzlies but have won their last 2 games since the defeat.
- The Warriors have thoroughly thrashed the Lakers attempts at defense in their first 2 games where they have won by an average margin of 22 points. The Warriors are averaging 131.5 points and shooting 54 percent from the field and 49 percent from 3 against the Lakers this season.
- Steph Curry is averaging 30.5 points, 12.5 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 2 steals against the Lakers this season. Almost as dominant against the Lakers as Curry, Klay Thompson is averaging 29.5 points while shooting 65.5 percent from the field and 50 percent from 3.
- Kobe Bryant has played poorly in his last 5 games which has prompted questions about his overall health and his season long battle with fatigue. In Bryant’s last 5 games he is averaging 20.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 5 assists per game, which are all good numbers, except he’s taking 22.6 shots per game and shooting at a horrid 29.2 percent clip. In addition to the inefficiency from the field Bryant is averaging 4.4 turnovers per game in the last 5 games.
- Conversely, in the same 5 game stretch Nick Young has played well; he’s averaging 18 points on 49 percent shooting from the field and 48 percent from 3.