Los Angeles Lakers at Golden State Warriors 2/27/20: Starting Lineups, Matchup Preview, Daily Fantasy
Los Angeles Lakers at the Golden State Warriors Preview
Thursday night’s matchup between the Lakers and Warriors will be between two teams that couldn’t be farther apart in the Western Conference standings. The Lakers currently hold the 1 seed in the west with a 44-12 record while the Warriors are at the bottom of the totem pole with a 12-46 record. The Lakers will look to continue their winning streak against a Warriors team that is awaiting Steph Curry’s return this Sunday. Los Angeles leads the season series 2-0.
Time: 9:30 PM CST
Arena: Chase Center, San Francisco, CA
Lakers: LeBron James (Out)
Warriors: Draymond Green (Questionable) Steph Curry (Out), Klay Thompson (Out)
Los Angeles Lakers Starting Lineup
The championship hopeful Lakers have clearly been one of the best teams in the NBA this year and their second-best record in the NBA shows that. LeBron James and Anthony Davis have formed a dominant duo and are surrounded by a deep supporting cast. The Lakers are currently on a 6-game winning streak and should have no problem extending that streak against a wounded and ineffective Warriors squad.
In their last game against the Pelicans, Davis and most notable LeBron showed how great this team can be. LeBron was able to control the game scoring a game and season high 40 points to go along with 8 rebounds, and 6 assists. Davis wasn’t as efficient as James (AD went 5-21 from the field) but he was still able to put up 21 points thanks to his ability to get to the charity stripe. AD impacted the game in multiple different ways posting 14 rebounds and 6 blocks. LA will have to get some more help from their supporting cast as James has just been ruled out for Thursday’s game. He is listed with a groin injury, but this seems more like load management.
The Lakers are the better team in virtually every area and should have no problem handing the Warriors their 47th loss of the year. Los Angeles is ranked in the top 5 in both offensive and defensive rating. The Lakers also currently boast the best field goal percentage in the NBA (48.6%) and should have no problem capitalizing on the Warriors 26th rated defense.
Golden State Warriors Starting Lineup
The Warriors are amidst a nightmare season. It is nearly impossible for a team to go from making the finals one year to the worst record in the NBA the next season but the loss of Kevin Durant as well as injuries to Thompson (season) and Curry have put them in that position. On the Brightside Curry is slated to return this Sunday but that won’t help Golden State against the Lakers on Thursday night. They will try and halt their current 7-game losing streak.
There isn’t many bright spots to point out for Golden State ahead of this game against the Lakers. Draymond Green will most likely sit this one out after missing their last contest with a pelvic injury. Their rotation has changed drastically due to their activity at the trade deadline and amongst the injuries will now look to newly acquired Andrew Wiggins to lead the charge.
Wiggins has actually displayed a much more efficient game since arriving in San Francisco. He is currently averaging 19 PPG on an efficient 48% from the field and 42% from three. This has been over a small sample size of just 6 games but is still encouraging considering he was shooting 44% from the field and a poor 33% from three through 42 games in Minnesota this season.
It is hard to give some areas that the Warriors can use to their advantage, but they are actually the second-best free throw shooting team in the NBA (81%) and are top 15 in FTs attempted. They would benefit from attacking the rim and trying to get to the line, but I don’t envision too much success for them against the Lakers stout interior defense.
Key Player Matchup
Anthony Davis vs Eric Paschall
This should be an interesting matchup between one of the best bigs in the NBA and the rookie Paschall who has put together a solid first year. Davis should be able to take advantage of the undersize Paschall.
With James sidelined I like the potential value that Kyle Kuzma provides at just $4,100. Anthony Davis also should be in for a lot of volume and is worth the high price at $10,800.
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