Lakers vs Warriors : The beginning of the Demarcus Cousins iteration of this Golden State Warriors squad looked as good as many had hoped/feared. While the team is still fine-tuning their new engine, it’s looking like a fearsome machine. The Los Angeles Lakers are going to be extremely short-handed, so this will be another low stakes opportunity for the Warriors and their new look.
== MATCH INFO ==
Team : Lakers vs Warriors
Date : Monday, January 21
Start Time : 10:30 Pm Et
India has two NBA games set to be broadcasted on Tuesday. Game No. 1 has James Harden and the Rockets in Philadelphia while the second matchup is the season’s second contest between the Warriors and the Lakers.
The second contest between the Warriors and Lakers is set to be very different from their previous clash on Christmas Day.
Both teams were more or less healthy (Golden State were missing DeMarcus Cousins) in their Christmas Day game but that isn’t the case this time around. The Lakers would most probably be missing three ball handlers (LeBron James, Rajon Rondo, and Lonzo Ball) in this game, two of which suffered their injuries on Christmas Day.
The Lakers, whose offensive rating ranks 28th since LeBron has missed time with a groin injury, had their best offensive night in the win at OKC and replicated that by dropping 134 points in an OT loss in Houston. So far, without the four-time league MVP, the young team has gone 5-8 in 13 games, which isn’t so bad considering the fact the 2016-17 Cleveland Cavaliers that went to the 2017 Finals went 0-8 without LeBron that season.
Over the past two games, against the Rockets and the Thunder, despite being shorthanded, the Lakers have been very competitive but obviously the Golden State Warriors are another beast altogether.