SAS vs LAL Dream11: Los Angeles Lakers continue their road trip with a matchup against fellow Western Conference rivals San Antonio Spurs at AT&T Center. The Lakers come into this game with a run of seven consecutive wins and will be looking to stretch it, while the Spurs bounced back in the last ga,e as they ended a run of 8 straight defeats with the 104-111 win over the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.
These two teams are the behemoth of the NBA and have the history few teams can boast about. Though, in the current context, the term giant suits Lakers more as they have been setting the bar higher and higher this season with each passing game. The signings of superstar players LeBron James and Anthony Davis is the key reason why the Lakers are being seen as a genuine title challenger. The duo leads the Lakers in all the stats and will be hard to contain come any team against them.
San Antonio Spurs can’t suffer another run like they just managed to recover from with a win over the Knicks. The team’s profile is too big and the head coach Gregg Popovich’s career too decorated to miss out on the playoffs.
As mentioned above, the San Antonio Spurs (10th) ended its 8-game skid with a win in the last game. They are 2-8 in the last 10 games and 6-11 on the season. Spurs are 4-4 at home and 2-7 in away games, while they have a 3-6 record against the fellow conference rivals.
The Lakers are comfortably sitting at the top in the Western Conference, having won 14 times in the first 16 games. They are 9-1 in the last 10 games, and 6-1 on the road. The Showtime are 10-1 against the fellow conference teams.
This particular fixture in the NBA has always been a close affair, and the overall record is a testament. In the 172 regular-season meetings between these two teams, the Spurs hold a slight advantage with 89 wins against 83 for the Lakers.
That said, the Lakers have been an average for the past five years or so, and it reflects in the recent meetings between Spurs and Lakers. The Spurs have 11 wins in the last 17 games against the Lakers.
Host: San Antonio Spurs
Visitors: Los Angeles Lakers
Match Timing: November 26, @07:00 AM
Venue: AT&T Center
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Lebron James: Age is just a number for the King who continues to rule NBA even when the is about to turn 35. The former Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat superstar are averaging 25.2 points per game and lead the NBA with 10.8 assists per game.
Anthony Davis: In a blockbuster move, he joined the Lakers from the Pelicans in the summer. His inclusion and James’ as well, is what makes the Showtime a relentless force this season. The 26-year-old leads the team with 25.6 points per game.
LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan: Expect Spurs duo to lead the scoring charts for the team here.
San Antonio Spurs: Derrick White made a return to the team following a foot injury and clocked 25 minutes against the Knicks. He had 8 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds in the game. He is fit now, so expect him to start here.
Dejounte Murray was allowed rest in the last game and should return to the matchday roster for the home tilt against the Los Angeles Lakers. Marry is clocking 22.6 minutes per game and is averaging 10.8 points per game this season.
San Antonio Spurs squad: DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Pöltl, Derrick White, Patty Mills, LaMarcus Aldridge, Dejounte Murray (Doubtful- rest purposes), Lonnie Walker, Marco Belinelli, Bryn Forbes, DeMarre Carroll, Rudy Gay, Trey Lyles
Los Angeles Lakers team news: As for the Lakers, there are no fresh injury concerns or suspension to contend with for Frank Vogel ahead of this game. That means, Avery Bradley (leg injury), Alex Caruso (calf injury), and long-term absentee DeMarcus Cousins (shoulder injury) remain out at this moment.
Los Angeles Lakers: LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Danny Green, Talen Horton-Tucker, Dwight Howard, JaVale McGee, Jared Dudley, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Alex Caruso, Quinn Cook, Troy Daniels
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San Antonio Spurs:
PF: LaMarcus Aldridge
SF: DeMar DeRozan
C: Jakob Poeltl
PG: Derrick White / Dejounte Murray
SG: Bryn Forbes
Los Angeles Lakers:
PF: LeBron James
SF: Anthony Davis
C: JaVale McGee
PG: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
SG: Danny Green
San Antonio Spurs: Patty Mills, Rudy Gay, Marco Belinelli, Trey Lyles, DeMarre Carroll, Lonnie Walker
Los Angeles Lakers: Kyle Kuzma, Rajon Rondo, Dwight Howard, Troy Daniels, Jared Dudley
Los Angeles Lakers have the form and the roster now to compete with any team. The visitors are an overwhelming favourite to win this game here.