Despite the tensions and furore in China towards the NBA, The Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets are expected to start the action on schedule time at Mercedes-Benz Arena Shanghai.
It all started with a tweet from the league and Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey showing support for Hong Kong protesters. China was infuriated even further following NBA commissioner Adam Silver's consequential remarks.
“It is inevitable that people around the world – including from America and China – will have different viewpoints over different issues. It is not the role of the NBA to adjudicate those differences,” Silver was quoted as saying.“
It was reported that the banners advertising Lakers-Nets match were taken down, while Chinese Central Television also decided against broadcasting the match.
However, the latest reports indicate that the game will go ahead as planned.
What competition it is? NBA Pre-season 2019
The match will be played between Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets at Mercedes-Benz Arena Shanghai, in Shanghai, China. The arena has a capacity of 18,000.
Match Day: October 10, 2019, @ 05:00 PM IST
Sony Sports Network has the rights to stream NBA Pre-season 2019 in India. Premier members can also catch the Live-Action on SonyLiv App.
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What to expect from this game?
Los Angeles Lakers:
More minutes for Lebron James and Anthony Davis. The fans got a little taste of what the duo can do together on the court, and the signs are not good for the opponents.
Lakers started their 2019-20 journey with a comprehensive 123-101 win over Golden State Warriors in the first pre-season game.
But the cause for optimism for Lakers fans was not just the 22 points win-margin against the five-time Western Conference champions, but the height this team can achieve with LeBron and Davis.
When Davis and LeBron were on the court together, Lakers were too much force for the Warriors, almost unguardable, with Davis in particular, flexing his muscle at will.
JaVale McGee gives Lakers more height and lakers' frontcourt is what could frighten the opponents in the NBA this season.
And expect changes as well.
The problem for Lakers' head coach Frank Vogel this season will be the line-up he puts out when one of Davis and LeBron is not on the court. And going by what we saw in the first pre-season game and his statement, Lakers will be making a whole lot of changes to their line-ups.
“We’re going to mix it up every night throughout the preseason and potentially into the season,” Vogel said before the Warriors game. “The guys are going to have opportunities to start just to see different (combinations). The preseason is just about combinations.”
After spending three years flirting the possibility of the playoffs, Brooklyn Nets will head into the new season as one of the teams favourite to qualify for the post-season.
After all, Nets brought in two superstars to their roster, adding Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant in free agency. Though Durant is injured and is expected to miss the rest of the regular season, the roster is talented enough to make a sustained push for rthe playoffs.
BKN vs LAL Dream11 team News:
Los Angeles Lakers:
Kyle Kuzma is still recovering from a foot injury he suffered at the back end of last season. The 24-year-old small forward is dealing with a left foot “stress reaction” injury and is expected to miss the action in China.
While summer arrival Quinn Cook has been upgraded to questionable ahead of this game following some progress in recovery from a sore left calf.
Kostas Antetokounmpo and Jared Dudley are doubtful for this game.
Kevin Durant is the only absentee from Brooklyn Nets' roster at the moment.
Squad for the NBA Pre-season 2019:
Los Angeles Lakers squad:
LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Danny Green, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Avery Bradley, JaVale McGee, Jared Dudley, Kostas Antetokounmpo, Zach Norvell Jr., DeMarcus Cousins, Quinn Cook, Alex Caruso, Rajon Rondo, Kyle Kuzma, Jordan Caroline, Demetrius Jackson, Devontae Cacok, Troy Daniels, Talen Horton-Tucker, Dwight Howard
Brooklyn Nets Squad:
Kevin Durant (out of this match), C.J. Williams, Kyrie Irving, Lance Thomas, Spencer Dinwiddie, DeAndre Jordan, Joe Harris, Henry Ellenson, Garrett Temple, Taurean Prince, Caris LeVert, Deng Adel, Jarrett Allen, John Egbunu, Dzanan Musa, Rodions Kurucs, Theo Pinson, Jaylen Hands, David Nwaba, Wilson Chandler, Nicolas Claxton
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INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION
Los Angeles Lakers will start the game as favourites.