Golden State Warriors vs Los Angeles Lakers Prediction,Preview– 11-13-2019
When: Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 10:05pm EST,
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles
The Los Angeles Lakers will host the Golden State Warriors in a Pacific Division battle Wednesday night from the Staples Center. The Warriors are coming off a 122-108 home loss to the Jazz, and the Lakers tallied a solid 123-115 road win over the Suns on Tuesday night. The Warriors won three of four against the Lakers last season.
Warriors Losing Streak Extended to Four Games
The Golden State Warriors enter this divisional clash looking to snap a four-game losing streak which included a 122-108 home loss to the Jazz in their latest action. Golden State is down in last place in the division with only two wins in 11 games. They have been hit with several key injuries. Steph Curry is out long term with a hand injury and Klay Thompson is out for the season. Kevin Looney is also out for the rest of the month.D’Angelo Russell is having a terrific season, leading Golden State with 26.3 PPG on 45.1% shooting. The 23-year old shooting guard is red-hot right now, netting at least 30 points in four consecutive games.
Golden State is glad to have Draymond Green back in the lineup after missing 10 days with a finger injury. The veteran power forward only has one-double-double this season, and he is averaging 8.5 PPG and a team-leading 7.7 RPG in eight games on the season. Green only averaged 6.3 points and 3.8 rebounds in four games against the Lakers last season.
The Warriors own a 1-4 road record on the season. Golden State is averaging a solid 111.7 points, ranking them 14th in the NBA. Their defense has been an issue, allowing an average of 121.2 points, pegging them down at 28th overall.
Lakers Rebound with Road Win Against Suns
The Los Angeles Lakers enter this one in first place in the Pacific division. They bounced back from Sunday’s loss to the Raptors by recording a 123-115 road win against the Suns on Tuesday night to cover the spread. LeBron James hasn’t been quite as productive as of late, scoring a combined 32 points in his last two games, but he has racked up 26 assists in that span. King James has surpassed 30 points in two of six games this month, and he is averaging 24 points along with eight rebounds and a team-leading 11 assists per game. James scored 17 points in his lone game against the Warriors last season.
Lakers’ scoring leader Anthony Davis continues to excel, compiling at least a 50% clip from the field in five out of his last six games which included 24 points and 12 boards on Tuesday night. The seven-year veteran is a big reason the Lakers are 8-2 on the season, averaging 26 points and 10 rebounds per game. Kyle Kuzma is coming off a season-high 23 point effort.
L.A.features a 4-1 home record. They haven’t been scoring a ton of points, averaging 108.4 points on the season, ranking them 20th in the NBA. The Lakers are playing excellent defense, holding opponents to an average of 100.1 points, good for third overall.
Golden State Warriors
The Golden State Warriors are an American professional basketball team based in San Francisco, California. The Warriors compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA), as a member of the league’s Western Conference Pacific Division. Founded in 1946 in Philadelphia, the Warriors relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1962 and took the city’s name, before changing its geographic moniker to Golden State in 1971.[b] They will begin playing their home games at the Chase Center starting in October 2019.
The Warriors won the inaugural Basketball Association of America (BAA) championship in 1947,[c] and won its second championship in 1956, led by Hall of Fame trio Paul Arizin, Tom Gola, and Neil Johnston. However, the Warriors would not return to similar heights in Philadelphia, and after a brief rebuilding period following the trade of star Wilt Chamberlain, the team moved to San Francisco. With star players Jamaal Wilkes and Rick Barry, the Warriors returned to title contention, and won their third championship in 1975, in what is largely considered one of the biggest upsets in NBA history.
This would precede another period of struggle in the 1980s, before becoming playoff regulars at the turn of the decade with stars Tim Hardaway, Mitch Richmond, and Chris Mullin, colloquially referred to as “Run TMC”. After failing to capture a championship, the team entered another rebuilding phase in the 2000s. The Warriors’ fortunes changed in the 2010s, ushering in a new era of success led by Stephen Curry. After drafting perennial All-Stars Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, the team returned to championship glory in 2015, before winning another two in 2017 and 2018 with the help of former league MVP Kevin Durant.
Nicknamed the Dubs as a shortening of “W’s”, the Warriors hold several NBA records; they have registered the best ever regular season, most wins in a season (regular season and postseason combined), as well as the best ever postseason run. With the combined shooting of Curry and Thompson, they are credited as one of the greatest backcourts of all time. The team’s six NBA championships are tied for third-most in NBA history with the Chicago Bulls. According to Forbes, the Warriors are the seventh highest valued sports franchise in the United States, and joint-tenth in the world, with an estimated value of approximately $3.1 billion.