Los Angeles Lakers will be looking to build on their first win of the season with another solid performance when Charlotte Hornets pay them a visit for a regular-season match in NBA at Staples Center.
The defense is art in NBA and long arms take it to near perfection. Utah Jazz, for all their potency and back-court advantage, found the life hard against Los Angeles Lakers as long arms, quick hands robbed them off everything on the court – be it passing, or shooting from beyond the arc, or the jumpers and pick and rolls.
LeBron James, who looked rusty and way below his usual standards in game-1 against the cross-city rival Los Angeles Clippers, reminded everybody of his power, of his unique trait. He used his physics to make burgeoning runs to the rim, his vision was almost perfect, while jumpers were to behold. The three-time NBA champions dropped a double-double with 32 points and 10 assists.
“We want to be that every single night, being able to hold teams under their averages,” LeBron James said after the match.
After opening the campaign with a one-point 126-125 win over Chicago Bulls, Charlotte Hornets got the reality check as following a big 99-121 defeat against Minnesota Timberwolves.
What competition it is? NBA Regular Season
The match will be played between the Los Angeles Lakers and Charlotte Hornets at Staples Center, in Los Angeles, California. The arena has a capacity of 21,000.
Match Day: October 29, 2019, @ 07:00 AM IST
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LAL vs CHA Dream11 Probable 5:
Los Angeles Lakers: Anthony Davis, LeBron James, Danny Green, JaVale McGee, Avery Bradley
Charlotte Hornets: PJ Washingon, Miles Bridges, Bismack Biyombo, Dwayne Bacon, Terry Rozier
Players likely to feature from the bench:
Los Angeles Lakers 2nd unit: Dwight Howard, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Quinn Cook, Troy Daniels, Jared Dudley, Zach Norvell Jr., Kostas Antetokounmpo
Hornets' expected bench: Devonte Graham, Malik Monk, Caleb Martin, Cody Martin, Marvin Williams, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Jalen McDaniels
LAL vs CHA Dream11 Team News:
Los Angeles Lakers:
Rajon Rondo has been upgraded to questionable ahead of the match against Charlotte Hornets. The 33-year-old missed the last game for Lakers due to a calf injury.
Kyle Kuzma took part in non-contact drills this week, which means the 23-year-old star is making good progress in his recovery from an injury. He should be back for the first-team action in two weeks.
Talen Horton-Tucker (foot) was cleared to return to practice by Lakers' medical staff. But this game may have come too soon for him.
Hornets suffered a blow when it was revealed that Nicolas Batum will be missing the next three or four weeks of action due to a finger injury.
Cody Zeller missed the last game for Hornets due to personal reasons. Hornets have issued no updates about his involvement in this match.
Los Angeles Lakers:
Los Angeles Lakers: LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Jared Dudley, Kostas Antetokounmpo, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Alex Caruso, Quinn Cook, Troy Daniels, Danny Green, Talen Horton-Tucker, Dwight Howard, JaVale McGee, Zach Norvell, Rajon Rondo
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Cody Zeller, Bismack Biyombo, Marvin Williams, Willy Hernangómez, Malik Monk, Dwayne Bacon, Miles Bridges, Devonte' Graham, PJ Washington, Terry Rozier, Cody Martin, Robert Franks, Caleb Martin, Kobi Simmons, Jalen McDaniels