LAL vs ATL Dream11: With the Los Angeles Lakers setting the pace in the Western Conference, Atlanta Hawks know they could be in for more trouble at Staples center for the 2nd straight night. The Hawks have been in La La Land for consecutive games each against the City’s two high-profile teams in Los Angeles. The first one was a completely one-sided game as the Clippers quick off the blocks like wounded lions chasing their prey. The result was as one-sided as the scoreline suggests in 150-101 win for Doc Rivers and his men. What was more embarrassing for the Hawks was that the Clippers were without their superstar Kawhi Leonard. Reprieve, or a lost opportunity?
That’s why the next game doesn’t bode well for the Hawks but it is also a golden opportunity for the Los Angeles Lakers to continue to lead the western conference. As things stand, the Lakers are sitting atop the summit in the West with a 10-2 record in the early going. The Showtime are on a three-game winning streak beating Phoenix Suns, Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings during that run-in.
This fixture has been played a total of 330 times prior to the next tilt at Staples Center. The Lakers lead the overall record with 190 wins against 140 victories for the Hawks.
Hawks got the better of Lakers in the last game, and that result also ended Lakers’ run of five consecutive wins against Atlanta.
Host: Los Angeles Lakers
Visitors: Atlanta Hawks
Match Timing: November 17, @09:00 AM
Venue: Staples Center
LeBron James: The King is playing the season as he has been right throughout his career, and it throws in the old adage that the age is just a psychological barrier for the weak souls. But LeBron is not an ordinary player and is at the stage of his career, where he doesn’t need the numbers to define his legacy.
Anthony Davis: What makes the Lakers an odds-on favorite for the title this season is the addition of Anthony Davis to Lakers’ roster. The former New Orleans Pelicans superstar is a monster of a player who is hitting his prime and has outscored his great teammate so far this season.
Trae Young: By far the Hawks’ best player this season, and critical as well since John Collins is out of the squad these days. He erupted for his career-best performance 42 points against the Denver Nuggets last week. He is averaging 26.6 points per game this season.
The Lakers are going to spend the next two or three weeks without Avery Bradley following a hairline fracture in his leg. The 28-year-old has been in good form for the team and will surely be missed. Expect Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to replace Bradley in the starting five.
Additionally, DeMarcus Cousins remains out for the Lakers for an indefinite period. The former Golden State Warriors star is yet to play for the Lakers after joining LeBron James and Co. injured in the offseason.
Lakers: LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Alex Caruso, Quinn Cook, Troy Daniels, Jared Dudley, Kostas Antetokounmpo, Danny Green, Talen Horton-Tucker, Dwight Howard, JaVale McGee
The injury list remains the same for the Hawks as it was before the game against the Los Angeles Clippers. John Collins remains suspended for 25 games for using the banned performance-enhancing substance, while the likes of Vince Carter (personal reasons) and Kevin Huerter (shoulder injury) continues to spend their time in the treatment room.
But there is certainly positive news for the Hawks as Evan Turner has fully recovered from Achilles Tendon injury. He clocked 15 minutes against the Clippers and ended the match with 11 points, 1 assist and five rebounds. Expect Chandler Parsons to be on the matchday roster.
Atlanta Hawks: DeAndre’ Bembry, Damian Jones, Trae Young, Kevin Huerter, Alex Len, De’Andre Hunter, Cam Reddish, Bruno Fernando, Jabari Parker, Brandon Goodwin, Charlie Brown, Tyrone Wallace
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Los Angeles Lakers:
PF: LeBron James
SF: Anthony Davis
C: JaVale McGee
PG: Danny Green
SG: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
PF: De’Andre Hunter
SF: Jabari Parker
C: Alex Len / Damian Jones
PG: Cam Reddish
SG: Trae Young
Los Angeles Lakers: Alex Caruso, Rajon Rondo, Kyle Kuzma, Dwight Howard, Quinn Cook, Jared Dudley
Atlanta Hawks: DeAndre Bembry, Tyrone Wallace, Bruno Fernando, Damian Jones / Alex Len, Kevin Huerter, Allen Crabbe, Evan Turner, Charlie Brown
There’s not much to guess here as the Lakers are the clear-cut favorite to win this match.