GSW vs LAL Dream11: NBA trade deadline came and went, many of the teams made their moves and this is one of the reasons why the complexion of the remaining season can shift dramatically. This is usually the case with the trade deadline, but well there are some also squads that remain quiet around this time, there can be multiple reasons for that, well, some of them are already established and content with what they have, well others are unable to craft trades that can lure the other team. Keeping that in mind, let us jump into the game between the Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Warriors have the second-best record in the league and despite a two-game losing streak, they have been doing a great job right now overall. They continue to display their depth and after missing Draymond Green, they made huge adjustments to their lineup. The team has built a terrific guard depth and they keep on mounting prolific efforts.
On the other hand, the Lakers have been doing a terrible job at winning games and they have four more losses than wins. LA Lakers formed a strong combination of LeBron, Davis, and Westbrook, but the combination hasn’t worked out so far. Their defense keeps on letting the fans down and they haven’t seen a huge winning spell yet.
Host: Golden State Warriors
Visitors: Los Angeles Lakers
Match Timing: 13 February, @ 07:00 AM
Venue: Chase Center
Warriors: Championship aspirations
The Warriors are loaded with winning talent at the NBA level from the main five to the reserve positions. What makes the team special is that most of the players have now the experience of playing together for five years or more while even the young players have been here since their rookie year and have gelled well with the core that has been playing for many years. Curry, Looney, Thompson, and Green have played together for a long time, and now with young Poole, and now another long-term Warriors in Wiggins along with Lee, Toscano-Anderson, Bjelica, Iguodala, and Porter Jr., the team has built a deep squad.
Curry has upped his playmaking since Green has been down and he is a well-known sharpshooter and defender at the perimeter too. On the other hand, Thompson has looked coming firing off the gates and he is back to his old shooting ways and you know one of those 30+ points games is coming from home. Poole is a starting-level guard and that is what makes this team special, their reserves Otto Porter Jr. and Bjelica have been starters too. Rookie Kuminga has been highly effective with his scoring while Looney is a brilliant rebounder and help defender. Lee, Toscano-Anderson, and Moody round off a terrific bench.
Lakers: Words are not enough to relate the disappointment
Forget the record, it is the manner in which the Lakers lose that has frustrated the fanbase. The elite teams don’t even take their defense seriously and score against them with no regard to their defense. The defense that has faltered game in and game out. The lack of hustle and tendency to give up offensive rebounds on a regular basis has hurt the team which already gives up points early in the shot-clock. This is the theme for the season and when you have an elite offensive team, you are coming with a lot of confidence against the Lakers. The team couldn’t land any two-way wing or guard in the trade deadline and that can deter any winning run.
Then, of course, Russell Westbrook has not been comfortable with the Lakers system. He has been the butt of jokes for a long time but hey, I will keep saying, give Westbrook a team to run and surround him with some off-the-catch shooters, a rim-running Center, and two-way wing, with others comfortable playing off the ball, he can be highly effective, I don’t think he is just made to paly alongside big-time superstars unless he makes some adjustments (Play as a slashing shooting-guard with LeBron as the Point Forward?). Heaven knows what is in store but yes, the team needs Carmelo too, who gives bench boost while Monk has had a strong season. More consistency is also wanted out of Talen Horton-Tucker.
Golden State Warriors | Los Angeles Lakers
Games: 56 | 56
Wins: 41 | 26
Defeats: 15 | 30
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Warriors Expected Starting Five
Wings: SF: Andrew Wiggins | SF: Otto Porter Jr.
Middle: C: Kevon Looney
Guards: SG: Klay Thompson | PG: Stephen Curry
BENCH: Moses Moody, Jordan Poole, Damion Lee, Jonathan Kuminga, Juan Toscano-Anderson, Gary Payton II, Chris Chiozza.
Los Angeles Lakers Team News
Lakers Expected Starting Five
Wings: SF: Stanley Johnson | SF/PF: LeBron James(QUESTIONABLE)
Middle: C: Anthony Davis
Guards: SG: Malik Monk | PG: Russell Westbrook(QUESTIONABLE)
BENCH: Talen Horton-Tucker, Austin Reaves, Trevor Ariza, Deandre Jordan, Wayne Ellington, Kent Bazemore, Dwight Howard.
James has been playing at a high keel throughout the season and has also been clamping boards and dishing assists regularly. The wing has been scoring 25+, grabbing 5+ rebounds, and dishing 5+ assists. The SF can be selected as a Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 NBA Fantasy scenario. He is QUESTIONABLE for the game.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 44-56
Steph is having another strong offensive game and he has elevated his playmaking in absence of Draymond Green. Curry can go off for 25+ points nights while dishing 7 or more assists regularly.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 37-51
Anthony has been piling up points, grabbing rebounds, and he has been blocking a ton of shots. The PF has been scoring 20+ points, grabbing 7 or more rebounds, and blocks 1+ shots regularly.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 40-55
Wiggins has evolved into an effective two-way wing who has kept dipping in points and has earned an All-Star roster spot. Wiggins has usually been in the 17-23 points range while grabbing 4 or more rebounds recently.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 30-45
Klay has come red-hot during many games recently and him figuring his shooting means a great way ahead for the Warriors. The off-guard has been in 16-23 points range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 28-38
Monk has been shooting at a high clip for the most part and has had a terrific season for the Lakers. Malik has been scoring 20 or more on a regular basis since January.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 16-34
PG: S Curry(PP)
SG: M Monk, T Horton-Tucker, J Poole
SF: A Wiggins
PF: J Kuminga
C: K Looney, A Davis(SP)
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