LAL vs WAS Dream11: Los Angeles Lakers return to the home base for the first time in five games as the Showtime host Washington Wizards at Staples Center, on Saturday morning (IST). The Lakers are 16-2 on the season and are sitting at the top of Western Conference pile, while the Wizards have had an average start to the season as they are 6-10 on the season heading into this match.
Los Angeles Lakers are certainly setting the bar quite high for any team to follow this season. They have already racked up 16 wins from the first 18 games and looks very much the team to beat this season. The Lakers stretched their winning run to nine games following a 110-114 win over the New Orleans Pelicans in the last game.
Washington Wizards also tasted victory in the last game with a 132-140 win over Phoenix Suns. Bradley Beal had another monster game as he dropped a game-high 35 points, but the telling contribution came from the bench (58 points), led by Ish Smith (21 points) and Davis Bertans (16 points).
This will be the 193rd meeting between these two teams. Los Angeles Lakers are way ahead in the head-to-head record against Washington Wizards with 119 wins, losing 74 times.
Not taking away anything away from the Wizards,m but there's no denying that the Lakers have been poor for the last half a decade or so and it reflects in the results. The Wizards have won 10 times in the last 13 encounters against the Lakers. Both the teams split up the 2-game series last season.
Host: Los Angeles Lakers
Visitors: Washington Wizards
Match Timing: November 30, @09:00 AM
Venue: Staples Center
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Anthony Davis: The 26-year-old power-forward is definitely one of the most dominating figures in the NBA at the moment. He is leading the Lakers in points per game (26.1), rebounds (9.0), steals (1.6) and blocks (2.8) per game this season.
Lebron James: The three-time NBA champion is racking up 25.8 points per game this season and is leading the whole NBA in assists with 11.0 per game. A must-have in your team.
The likes of Danny Green, Rajon Rondo and Dwight Howard are good but cheap options. Green, in particular, assures a good return for his 8.5 value on Dream11.
Bradley Beal: The 26-year-old is averaging at 28.9 points per game for the Wizards this season, which makes him the fourth-best player in terms of averaging points.
Los Angeles Lakers: Anthony Davis elbow during his game-high efforts against his former team New Orleans Pelicans. He is listed as doubtful and will be assessed before the game. Alex Caruso is also on Lakers' questionable list due to a calf injury.
While in terms of the confirmed absentees, Avery Bradley (leg injury) and DeMarcus Cousins (knee injury) both remain out due to injuries.
Los Angeles Lakers squad: LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Danny Green, Talen Horton-Tucker, Dwight Howard, JaVale McGee, Jared Dudley, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Alex Caruso, Quinn Cook, Troy Daniels
Washington Wizards Team News: John Wall is a long-term absentee due to an Achilles Tendon injury. He is yet to play for the Wizards this season, and that's a huge blow for the team.
In addition, Ian Mahinmi (Achilles Tendon injury) and C.J. Miles (wrist injury) are both out from this game with injuries.
Washington Wizards: Bradley Beal, Thomas Bryant, Dāvis Bertāns, Rui Hachimura, Moritz Wagner, Ish Smith, Isaiah Thomas, Troy Brown Jr., C.J. Miles, Isaac Bonga, Jordan McRae, Admiral Schofield, Justin Robinson, Chris Chiozza, Garrison Mathews
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Los Angeles Lakers:
PF: LeBron James
SF: Anthony Davis
C: JaVale McGee
PG: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
SG: Danny Green
PF: Rui Hachimura
SF: Troy Brown
C: Thomas Bryant
PG: Bradley Beal
SG: Isaiah Thomas
Los Angeles Lakers: Alex Caruso, Kyle Kuzma, Dwight Howard, Rajon Rondo, Troy Daniels
Washington Wizards: Davis Bertans, Jordan McRae, Ish Smith, Moritz Wagner, CJ Miles, Isaac Bonga, Justin Robinson
The Lakers are on a roll these days and we can't see them dropping this game.