Warriors vs Lakers : In Los Angeles on January 21st, 2019, The Los Angeles Lakers will face the Golden State Warriors. The last time these two teams met both were in the top 5 in the Western Conference standings.
== MATCH INFO ==
Team : Warriors vs Lakers
Date : Monday, January 21
Start Time : 10:30 Pm Et
Much has changed since that Christmas Day blowout win for the Lakers. Things have changed dramatically for the Lakers in fact. First, they lost mega superstar LeBron James to a groin pull for which he is still recovering.
He is most likely to miss this Monday night meeting with the Warriors. The Lakers who were 5th in the Western Conference when they beat the Warriors on Christmas Day have slipped in the standings to 9th overall in the West and out of a playoff picture.
In the same period, the Warriors have ascended to first overall in the West. After an uninspiring start to the season, the Warriors seem to be playing better as the season progresses. While teams like the Lakers are missing James, Rajon Rondo, and now Lonzo Ball to an ankle injury, the Warriors are healthy with DeMarcus Cousins back from a year-long rehab of a torn Achilles tendon.
Cousins scored 14 points in 15 minutes for the Warriors Friday night in a win over the Clippers. Cousins’ minutes will most likely be limited again against the Lakers. However, his return provides the Warriors with a dominant inside presence who can score and rebound. The Warriors come into this contest 9-1 in their last 10 games and have won 7 straight. The Lakers lost Saturday night to the Houston Rockets and are 4-6 in their last 10 games.
This was already going to be a tough game for the Lakers without LeBron James and Rajon Rondo. However, Saturday night’s loss also cost them the services of point guard Lonzo Ball to an ankle injury and he is day to day. Expect the Lakers to most likely use Josh Hart as a point guard in this match. The only available point guard on their roster is rookie Isaac Bonga and he has played in just 6 games all season.