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Game Preview: L.A. Lakers at Golden State Warriors


The Los Angeles Lakers have been enduring the toughest stretch to their regular season of late and will face another NBA heavyweight when they do battle with the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday.

L.A. is doing its part to hang around with good teams and is coming off a big win over the Houston Rockets which saw the Rockets’ 14-game winning streak come to an end. Before that game, the Lakers fell 121-112 to Cleveland. Rookie forward Kyle Kuzma has been sensational for the young Lakers, as Kuzma scored a season-high 38 points on 12-of-17 shooting while going 7-of-10 from 3-point range vs the Rockets.

Warriors’ on 10-Game Win Streak

The Warriors, who are riding a 10-game winning streak entering this one, became the fourth team in NBA history to record a winning streak of at least 10 games in five consecutive seasons. The Dubs are playing shorthanded right now and played without three starters and five rotation players vs Memphis on Wednesday, but still managed to win 116-114 in overtime.

Both of the previous meetings between the teams this season went to overtime, which resulted in Golden State extending its winning streak in the series to five.

Lakers looking for luck

The game also pits Golden State’s No. 1-ranked offense averaging 116.16 PPG, against a Los Angeles Lakers defense that ranks No. 26 at 109.79 PPG. The Golden State Warriors field goal percentage has averaged 51% so far, more than the Los Angeles Lakers shooters have achieved on the year, 45.6% per game.

The Lakers got a 38-point performance from Kyle Kuzma as Los Angeles handed Houston a 122-116 defeat on Wednesday at Toyota Center.

Golden State earned a 97-84 victory over Memphis on Wednesday, getting 29 points from Klay Thompson at Oracle Arena.

I don’t see the Los Angeles Lakers beating a hot team like the Golden State Warriors at home, especially with a 10-game win streak at stake. Take the Warriors over the Lakers with the points.

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