The daily preview muscles into the paint with NBA tips for a Western Conference duel between LeBron’s Lakers and Steph’s Warriors.
12:00 (AEDT), Mon 1st Mar @ Staples Center, Los Angeles
History: Played 459: Lakers 279 V Warriors 180
Last meeting: January 18, 2021: Warriors 115 d Lakers 113 at Staples Center
Final Thoughts: After a recent slump, LA Lakers are searching for two wins in a row when they host in-form Golden State Warriors.
The Lakers sunk to four straight losses with Anthony Davis and Denis Schroder on the sidelines, culminating in a 25-point defeat to the West-leading Jazz.
But the third-placed champs improved to 23-11 with a gritty 102-93 victory over the Trail Blazers two days ago. Lebron James (28 pts, 11 reb, 7 ast, 4 stl, 3 blk) stuff the stats sheet in a vintage display, while the returning Schroder put up 22 points. Montrezl Harrell (17 pts, 9 reb) shone off the bench.
James has been listed as questionable for this clash but is expected to play.
The 19-15 Warriors are seventh in the Western Conference. They have won seven of their last 10, including their last three straight against the Knicks (114-106), Pacers (111-107) and Hornets (130-121).
Steph Curry had 29 points and 9 assists against Charlotte; he is averaging a shade under 30 points per game. Kelly Oubre Jr racked up 27 points and 6 rebounds, while Draymond Green (11 pts, 12 reb, 19 ast) produced a stunning triple-double.
The Warriors are eighth for points scored per game but 20th for average points conceded. The Lakers are 19th and second respectively.
Warriors shoot for back-to-back LA boilovers
The Warriors have won 19 of their last 26 against the Lakers – including a 115-113 upset at Staples Center last month.
Steph Curry and Kelly Oubre Jr combined for 49 points, while Eric Paschall scored 19 points off the bench for Golden State. LeBron James was held to 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Dennis Schroder (25 pts) top-scored for the Lakers, with Anthony Davis (17 pts, 17 reb, 7 ast) their all-round standout.
The Lakers’ 10-7 home record needs some work, but the Warriors are just 7-9 on the road.
The Lakers have covered just 15 of 34 games and are 6-11 ATS as a home favourite. The Warriors are 18-16 ATS overall but just 4-6 against the start as an away underdog.
After pulling out a slump-busting performance against Portland, the Lakers’ defence should be able to do a similar job on travel-shy Golden State. Schroder being back on deck provides vital support for LeBron to tide the Lakers over until AD’s return.
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