Golden State Warriors are set to open their newly-built stadium with a high-profile pre-season game against Western Conference rivals Los Angeles Lakers.
Pre-season it may be, but it's a game against a direct rival, so expect the intensity level at the usual regular-season level from both the teams.
What competition it is? NBA Pre-season 2019
The match will be played between Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Lakers at Chase Center, in San Francisco, California. The arena has a capacity of 18,064.
Match Day: October 06, 2019, @ 05:30 AM 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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Both the teams need a strong pre-season!
The significance of a strong pre-season becomes a top priority for both Warriors and Lakers due to the summer overhaul which saw new faces arriving and some established stars leaving the franchise for pastures new.
Warriors are set to head into the new season without Kevin Durant and fan-favourite Andre Iguodala. The former Oklahoma City Thunder star helped the team to two NBA title wins, winning the NBA finals MVP in those victories, while Iguodala left for Memphis Grizzlies. The void left by the duo will almost be too big to fill for any player, but Warriors added D'Angelo Russell, Shabazz Napier and Treveon Graham, to name a few, to their roster.
Lakers will also go into the 2019-20 season with a different roster. The 16-time champions added Anthony Davis to their team, and he will ply his trade alongside LeBron James this season.
GSW vs LAL Dream11 team News:
Golden State Warriors:
Problems at Center:
Warriors are hot with early injury set-backs before the pre-season gets underway against Lakers.
New summer signing Willie Cauley-Stein was seen on crutches after suffering a foot strain during an offseason training, while Kevon Looney suffered a hamstring strain and has been ruled out of this game.
Steve Kerr has been left with just Omari Spellman as the first-choice centre for this game with Marquese Chriss playing as his back-up.
Klay Thompson is unlikely to play this season after suffering a torn ACL in his left knee during Game 6 of The NBA Finals against Toronto Raptors.
Alen Smailagic exited the last practice session after suffering an ankle injury. He won't be available.
Los Angeles Lakers:
Lakers head coach Frank Vogel confirmed that both LeBron James and Anthony Davis will play against Golden State Warriors.
Jared Dudley has been ruled out from the clash against Warriors due to knee soreness, so expect Kostas Antetokounmpo and Devontae Cacok to provide backup Anthony Davis at the power forward position.
In addition, Talen Horton-Tucker (stress reaction) and Kyle Kuzma (stress reaction) will also miss Saturday's game in San Francisco.
Squad for the NBA Pre-season 2019:
Golden State Warriors squad:
Alec Burks, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Ky Bowman, Willie-Caulie Stein, Jacob Evans III, Draymond Green, Andrew Harrison, Damion Lee, Kevon Looney, Devyn Marble, Alfonzo McKinnie, Eric Paschall, Jordan Poole, Glenn Robinson III, D'Angelo Russell, Alen Smailagic, Omari Spellman, Juan Toscano-Anderson, Marquese Chriss
Los Angeles Lakers Squad:
LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Danny Green, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Avery Bradley, JaVale McGee, DeMarcus Cousins, Quinn Cook, Alex Caruso, Rajon Rondo, Kyle Kuzma, Jared Dudley, Troy Daniels, Talen Horton-Tucker, Dwight Howard, Kostas Antetokounmpo, Zach Norvell Jr., Jordan Caroline, Demetrius Jackson, Devontae Cacok
Players to watch out for: (Captain options):
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GSW vs LAL Dream11 Teams (Starting Lineup; Probables):
Likely to feature from the bench:
GSW vs LAL Dream11 Teams:
INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION
Golden State Warriors will start the game as favourites.