The Los Angeles Lakers are riding high on confidence after being the #1 defensive team in all of the 2020-21 NBA regular season, even though they were without LeBron James and Anthony Davis for majority of the season. With the Dallas Mavericks dropping their previous game, Los Angeles Lakers have a real chance to tie up the scores when they face Houston Rockets in their next game.
The Los Angeles Lakers are just one win behind Portland Trail Blazers and Dallas Mavericks in the Western Conference. On the other hand, the Houston Rockets have failed to make it into the playoffs after 7 consecutive seasons. While LA Lakers are the #1 defensive team, the Houston Rockets are the #4 worst offensive team in this season.
Dennis Schroder and Alex Caruso would still be sitting out for the defending champions, while LeBron James is expected to make his much-awaited return into the side. However, Anthony Davis experienced some groin tightness and can be seated for the next game.
On the other hand, the Houston Rockets have the majority of their squad sidelined, with Sterling Brown, Kevin Porter Jr. and DJ Wilson unavailable for this game.
John Wall is out due to right hamstring strain, while Eric Gordon has right groin strain, Dante Exum is suffering from left calf strain and David Nwaba has a right wrist sprain, all these players have been ruled out for the rest of the season. Additionally, Christian Wood, DaQuan Jeffries and Danuel House Jr. are all listed as questionable due to right ankle soreness
Starting 5 of Los Angeles Lakers vs Houston Rockets
Point Guard – DJ Augustin, Shooting Guard – Armoni Brooks, Small Forward – Jae’Sean Tate, Power Forward – Kenyon Martin Jr., Center – Kelly Olynyk.
Los Angeles Lakers
Point Guard – LeBron James, Shooting Guard – Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Small Forward – Talen Horton Tucker, Power Forward – Anthony Davis, Center – Andre Drummond.
Statically speaking, Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 104.6 points, 42.8 rebounds, 24.5 assists, 7.6 steals and six blocks per game while shooting 44.9% from the field. Whereas Houston Rockets are averaging 114.7 points, 43.4 rebounds, 25.6 assists, 7.9 steals and 3.9 blocks per game while shooting 45.7% from the field.