Pictured: Giannis Antetokounmpo & Anthony Davis
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Anthony Davis vs Giannis Antetokounmpo

All-Star Anthony Davis continued to ride out what’s left of his time with the team either on the bench or on a minute restriction. Davis sat out Saturday and New Orleans still managed to knock off the second-best team in the West with a 120-112 triumph at the Nuggets. Davis is expected back in the lineup on Monday and will be restricted to around 20 minutes.

Milwaukee went with size with its starting backcourt out and started four players – center Brook Lopez and forwards Giannis Antetokounmpo, Ersan Ilyasova and Nikola Mirotic – 6-10 or taller – against the Utah Jazz on Saturday. All-Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo had a huge game by recording 43 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists.

Jrue Holiday vs Devin Booker

Point guard Jrue Holiday led the way with 29 points on Saturday as New Orleans came from 19 points down against the team with the best home record in the West. “It’s the same thing we do every time we’re down,” Holiday told reporters. “I think we lock in, especially here coming in the first couple of minutes, the first quarter is tough. You just kind of have to get your rhythm and from that point, I think our energy picked up. I think defensively, we executed well.” Holiday scored 20 or more points in four of the last five games and is averaging 21.1.

Phoenix guard Devin Booker told reporters. “A winnable game for us we felt we let go. Coming in today, getting a chance to refocus. Come in, high energy game. Come out and get the win.” Booker scored 20 or more points in each of the last five games. Phoenix earned a 116-114 victory at Milwaukee on Nov. 23 behind 29 points from Booker.

LaMarcus Aldridge vs Rudy Gobert

All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge continues to lead the way and scored 27 points on 10-of-18 shooting while adding 10 rebounds in Saturday’s triumph. Aldridge scored at least 24 points in each of the last three games.

Utah won the first meeting on October 27, beating New Orleans 132-111 to hand the Pelicans their first loss of the season. Rudy Gobert had 25 points and 14 rebounds.

Donovan Mitchell vs D’Angelo Russell

Donovan Mitchell scored a career-high 46 points Saturday against the Milwaukee Bucks.

The Nets will be hoping for some better performances by their starters. D’Angelo Russell was held to 10 points in Saturday’s loss against the Miami Heat.

Nikola Mirotic vs John Collins

Nikola Mirotic made 1-of-7 from the field for three points in a start against the Jazz on Saturday, adding six rebounds, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes.

Atlanta, playing without leading star power forward John Collins, still had enough to beat the host Chicago Bulls 123-118 on Sunday. Collins, who leads the Hawks in scoring (19.5) and rebounds (9.5), has an illness and is likely out for the Heat game, too. He did not travel to Chicago.

De’Aaron Fox vs Buddy Hield

De’Aaron Fox has 21 assists and two turnovers over his last two games.

Buddy Hield scored 23 points Friday but needed 19 shots to get there and is 23-of-64 from the floor during Sacramento’s 3 game losing streak.

Trae Young vs Lou Williams

Despite losing star rookie Trae Young to an ejection, Atlanta got past Chicago 123-118 on Sunday in a rematch of the teams’ quadruple-overtime affair two nights earlier. Young had just buried a long 3-pointer to push his total to 18 points early in the third quarter and taunted Bulls guard Kris Dunn, which led to the ejection, but his teammates more than picked up the slack.

Lou Williams went 4-of-14 from the field and 8-of-9 from the line on his way to 18 points in a 128-107 win over the Knicks on Sunday.

Danilo Gallinari vs Khris Middleton

Danilo Gallinari scored 20 points in Saturday’s win and he and Landry Shamet combined for 27 of the team’s 38 points in a dominant first quarter. “It’s tough to play defense against shooters and two or three at the same time is tough,” Gallinari told reporters.

Khris Middleton made 8-of-24 from the field for 29 points against the Jazz on Saturday, adding nine rebounds, six assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 36 minutes.

Jamal Murray vs Eric Bledsoe

Jamal Murray scored with 20 points for the Nuggets on Saturday against the New Orleans Pelicans.

Milwaukee was missing its starting backcourt of Eric Bledsoe (back) and Malcolm Brogdon (plantar fasciitis) on Saturday. Bledsoe is still day-to-day and is out against Phoenix.

Josh Richardson vs Spencer Dinwiddie

Josh Richardson made 5-of-12 from the field for 12 points with five rebounds, seven assists and no 3-pointers in 35 minutes against the Nets on Saturday.

On Friday, Spencer Dinwiddie returned from missing 14 games with torn ligaments in his right thumb that required surgery and the Nets sustained a 123-112 home loss to Charlotte. A night later, the Nets turned in an uglier performance by shooting 35.2 percent in a 117-88 loss at Miami. 

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Pictured: LeBron James
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Preview: Lakers at Celtics

The Los Angeles Lakers are at the center of a media circus in front of Thursday’s NBA trade deadline, and the rumors seem to be getting to some of the young players on the team. The Lakers might look like a completely different team when they visit the rival Boston Celtics on Thursday.

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Los Angeles is reportedly in hot pursuit of disgruntled New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis to pair with superstar LeBron James and offered up just about every young player on the roster in negotiations, including Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball. The rumors left the Lakers looking lifeless at Indiana on Tuesday, when they suffered the worst loss of James’ career 136-94 while Ingram and company were serenaded with “LeBron’s gonna trade you” chants at the free-throw line. The Celtics, who would very much like to get into the Davis trade discussions but have to wait until July 1 to pair him with All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving, are winners of 10 of their last 11 games and eased past the Cleveland Cavaliers 103-96 on the road Tuesday despite missing Irving, center Aron Baynes and forward Marcus Morris. “That’s what makes us so dangerous, that we have depth in that aspect, where we can bring guys off the bench and we can sit guys, or we can go without guys, and guys are going to step up and have a good game,” Boston guard Marcus Smart told reporters.

TV: 8 p.m. ET, TNT, Spectrum SportsNet (Los Angeles)

ABOUT THE LAKERS (27-27): James sat on the end of the bench with several empty seats between him and the rest of his teammates toward the end of Tuesday’s setback and acknowledged that what the young players are going through isn’t easy. “I know it has to be tough on a lot of our guys, especially our young guys,” James told reporters. “Right now, they’ve just never been a part of it and they’re hearing it every single day — and I know that the worst thing that you can do right now is be on social media. And I know all young guys love social media. So, that definitely can’t help.” The Lakers dropped 13 of 20 games since James went down with a groin injury on Dec. 25 and sit in 10th place in the Western Conference.

ABOUT THE CELTICS (35-19): Boston is not expected to make any big moves in front of Thursday’s deadline and already enjoys enviable depth on a team that took James and the Cleveland Cavaliers to the seventh game of the Eastern Conference finals last season. “I think it should stay the same,” Morris told the Boston Herald of the team’s roster. “Guys are playing into what’s going on, (the All-Star Game) is about to pass and that’s when it ramps up. Guys want to play the way they’re supposed to during winning time, like we did last year when the intensity picked up. We should stay the same.” One difference from last season is the health of swingman Gordon Hayward, who is battling some inconsistency but put up 18 points on 9-of-14 shooting, six rebounds and five assists off the bench on Tuesday.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Irving (hip) and Morris (knee soreness) are both day-to-day.

2. James (32,008) became the fifth player in NBA history to reach 32,000 points on Tuesday.

3. The teams split the two meetings last season, with each protecting homecourt.

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Photo: LeBron James
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Preview: Lakers at Warriors

The Golden State Warriors have gotten used to playing against Lebron James on Christmas Day, but this time he’ll be in a different uniform. The Warriors will try to get the better of James for the second straight time on Christmas when they host the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday.

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Golden State faced James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the last four NBA Finals but will be seeing him for the first time in a Lakers uniform during the regular season on Tuesday. “I really don’t give a damn about him being in a Laker uniform,” Warriors forward Draymond Green told reporters. “That really doesn’t matter to me. That is the team he is on and that is who we face. It obviously is going to be a tough challenge, they are playing well.” James and Los Angeles dropped four of their last six and are coming off a 107-99 loss to Memphis as they try to build a team that can compete with the Warriors in the West. “We can’t measure ourselves versus them,” James told reporters of Golden State. “That’s a team that’s won three out of four championships, the last four years. You can’t measure yourself versus them.”

TV: 8 p.m. ET, ABC

ABOUT THE LAKERS (19-14): Los Angeles is trying to build a championship roster around James and is looking for consistent effort out of the role players on both ends of the floor. “We lost because we stopped playing defense,” Lakers coach Luke Walton told reporters after the loss to the Grizzlies. “They scored 35 (points in the fourth quarter) and we went under on (Mike) Conley on a three and we switched out to Conley and we weren’t up to the level of the three. So, it’s things that we know better and we can control that cost us and caused us to lose that game.” James recorded team highs of 22 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists in the setback and is averaging 27.6 points, 8.2 boards and 7.2 assists.

ABOUT THE WARRIORS (23-11): Golden State remains the team to beat in the West and knocked off another team from Los Angeles at home with a 129-127 win over the Clippers on Sunday, led by 42 points from superstar Stephen Curry and 35 from fellow former MVP Kevin Durant. “It’s incredible to play with those guys,” Green told reporters of Curry and Durant. “I try to be a leader out there and a coach on the floor. When I have to call a play it’s very easy, give the ball to one of them two and let them do what they do on a nightly basis. They are a big part of the reason we’ve had the success we’ve had.” Curry and Durant are averaging a combined 58.2 points and 11.3 assists.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Lakers Cs Tyson Chandler (back) and JaVale McGee (illness) both sat out Sunday and are questionable for Tuesday.

2. Warriors SG Klay Thompson is 7-of-36 from 3-point range over the last six games.

3. Golden State took the last seven in the series.

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Preview: Spurs at Lakers

The San Antonio Spurs look to post their third straight win in the season series when they visit the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday for the opener of a home-and-home set. San Antonio recorded a 143-142 overtime victory in Los Angeles on Oct. 22 and registered a 110-106 home triumph over the Lakers five days later.

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Both losses to San Antonio came during a 2-5 start for the Lakers, who have since put things together by capturing 12 of their last 16 games. Los Angeles has won its last three contests by an average of 14.3 points, and Monday’s 120-96 rout of Phoenix marked its largest margin of victory this season. The Spurs have lost three of their last four games, with all of the defeats coming by more than 30 points – including Tuesday’s 139-105 setback at Utah. Coach Gregg Popovich was dismayed with the latest whipping, telling reporters, “We’re very challenged defensively.”

TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN, Spectrum SportsNet (Los Angeles)

ABOUT THE SPURS (11-13): San Antonio’s defense was virtually nonexistent in Tuesday’s loss as the team allowed the Jazz to shoot 60.7 percent and sink a franchise-record 20 3-pointers on 33 attempts. The Spurs have given up an average of 127.3 points over their last six games, and the effort versus Utah marked the third time they have allowed 135 or more during the stretch. “I think we’re just not aggressive enough. We’re very passive,” center Jakob Poeltl told reporters after the defeat. “We’re trying to change that, but somehow we still fall into bad habits. We’re being the reactors instead of forcing them to go where we want them to go.”

ABOUT THE LAKERS (14-9): LeBron James is averaging just 34.7 minutes – the lowest mark of his 16-year career – and visibly has displayed frustration at times when coach Luke Walton removes him from a contest. Walton said he is making sure the soon-to-be 34-year-old remains fresh throughout the season, while James insists he can play a full game without being subbed out. “I want to play 48 minutes a game. Seriously,” James told reporters after Tuesday’s practice. “But it’s not going to happen. It’s not smart. It’s not smart on anyone’s behalf, but it’s just the competitive side of me.”

BUZZER BEATERS

1. James averaged 33.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and nine assists in the two previous meetings with the Spurs this season.

2. Poeltl scored a career-best 20 points on 9-of-11 shooting against the Jazz.

3. Los Angeles PG Rajon Rondo (hand) participated in Tuesday’s practice and could return on Friday, when the teams meet in San Antonio.

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Preview: Lakers at Cavaliers

The response shouldn’t be as vicious as the last time he returned to Cleveland after leaving the Cavaliers, but LeBron James isn’t thinking too hard about it. James will make his return on Wednesday, when the Los Angeles Lakers visit the Cavaliers.

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James led the Lakers to wins in seven of the last nine games, including a 113-97 triumph in the first half of his homecoming at Miami on Sunday. “I will think about some of the good, I will think about some of the bad, I will think about some of the great that I had with the franchise obviously and then once the tip ball gets going, it is time to go to work,” James told reporters of his trip to Cleveland, where he helped the franchise win its first championship in 2016. “It will be good to see some of my family that will come to the game, see some of my friends as well and get the thing going.” The Cavaliers look nothing like the four-time Eastern Conference championship squad that James left and owns the worst record in the NBA at 2-13. Cleveland appears to be making a turn toward rebuilding as the veterans find their way to the end of the bench or off the roster.

TV: 8 p.m. ET, ESPN, Spectrum SportsNet (Los Angeles), FS Ohio (Cleveland)

ABOUT THE LAKERS (9-7): James scored 51 points in his return to Miami and is second in the NBA in scoring at an average of 28.8 points. “I’ve played for three very, very historic franchises in the time that I played,” James said. “Obviously, in Miami we did some historical things. In Cleveland we was able to do some historical (things). And obviously the Lakers (name) speaks for itself, what they’ve been able to do. And so, my teammates, my coaching staff, they just put that trust in me to go out and make plays, and I just try to be as efficient as possible when I’m on the floor and make things happen.” James became the fifth player in NBA history to score 50 or more points with three different franchises, joining Wilt Chamberlain, Moses Malone, Bernard King and Jamal Crawford.

ABOUT THE CAVALIERS (2-13): Shooting guard JR Smith, 33, was a big part of that 2016 championship team with James but is not with Cleveland as it attempts to trade the disgruntled veteran. “I don’t think the goal is to win. The goal isn’t to go out there and try to get as many wins as you can,” Smith told The Athletic on Monday. “I think the goal is to develop and lose to get lottery picks. I think that was always the plan.” All-Star forward Kevin Love is not going to appear in a Cavaliers uniform any time soon as well and expects to be out until the new year after undergoing toe surgery.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Cavaliers rookie PG Collin Sexton is averaging 18.6 points over the last five games but left Monday’s loss with a hip injury and is day-to-day.

2. Lakers SG Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is 9-of-18 from 3-point range over the last four games.

3. Los Angeles snapped a seven-game losing streak in the series with a 127-113 victory on March 11 despite 24 points and 10 rebounds from Cleveland’s James.

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Preview: Timberwolves at Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers are still trying to find their stride as they enter Wednesday’s home game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Inconsistency plagued the team during the first 10 games of the LeBron James era and the Lakers will attempt to rebound from Sunday’s debacle against the Toronto Raptors.

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Los Angeles trailed 41-17 after the first quarter on Sunday en route to succumbing 121-107 to the Raptors in a contest in which Toronto was missing star forward Kawhi Leonard. “They just came out and just hit us right in the mouth,” James told reporters. “It’s very, very hard to make a game out of that when you’re trying to expend so much energy trying to get back into it.” Minnesota is experiencing its own issues with three straight losses to begin a five-game road trip and the near-daily drama circulating around disgruntled shooting guard Jimmy Butler. “I just hoop,” Butler, who has requested a trade, told reporters. “I play basketball. I go out there, and I try to win home or away. I think that’s my job. I’m not worried about nothing — none of that. (Reporters) continue to ask those questions, but it’s not going to change how I go about the game. It’s not going to change how I interact with guys in this locker room. We’ll be just fine.”

TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN, Spectrum SportsNet (Los Angeles)

ABOUT THE TIMBERWOLVES (4-7): Guard Derrick Rose recorded 21 points in Monday’s 120-109 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers after missing most of the previous two games with an ankle injury. Rose has been surprisingly good this season while averaging 17.4 points, with his best outing being the career-high 50 he put up against the Utah Jazz on Oct. 31. Center Karl-Anthony Towns recovered from a slow start to post four double-doubles in the past five games and he is averaging 21.8 points and 12 rebounds during the stretch.

ABOUT THE LAKERS (4-6): Los Angeles has its own bouts of drama percolating as coach Luke Walton is coming under fire during the early stages of James’ tenure. Management usually understands patience is required to make so many new moving parts fit but president of basketball operations Magic Johnson’s proclamation that Walton’s job is safe included this disclaimer: “Unless something drastic happen.” The defense has been a huge problem — the Lakers allowed over 120 points in five of their six losses and stand 27th in scoring defense (120 per game) while the offense ranks third at 118.9.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Butler scored 32 points as the Timberwolves prevailed 124-120 on Oct. 29 for their fifth consecutive win over the Lakers.

2. Minnesota PG Jeff Teague (knee) is expected to miss his fifth straight game.

3. Los Angeles backup G Josh Hart is just 13-of-39 shooting over the past six contests.

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Preview: Spurs at Lakers

The fightin’ Los Angeles Lakers are ready to scuffle in LeBron James’ first season with the team, but that isn’t translating to many wins. The Lakers will be missing two key players due to suspension when they go for their first win against the visiting San Antonio Spurs on Monday.

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James made his home debut on Saturday against the Houston Rockets but the game was marred by an ugly incident in the fourth quarter, began when Los Angeles small forward Brandon Ingram shoved Rockets star James Harden. The scuffle escalated to punches, with Lakers point guard Rajon Rondo and Houston point guard Chris Paul trading shots, and Ingram was hit with a four-game suspension while Rondo will sit three games. The Spurs aren’t getting into any on-court melees but are also not off to the best start on the two-game west coast trip, which began with a 121-108 loss at Portland on Saturday. “We’re not disciplined defensively yet,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich told reporters. “It’s going to take a while with a new group, basically. They run a really nice offense. It’s geared for their players and it’s hard to guard. We’re just not ready for that.”

TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, NBATV, FS Southwest (San Antonio), Spectrum SportsNet (Los Angeles)

ABOUT THE SPURS (1-1): San Antonio allowed the Trail Blazers to shoot 53.6 percent from the field and is getting used to new teammates and new defensive responsibilities. “It’s all about communication,” star forward LaMarcus Aldridge told reporters. “We were a little late on some rotations and some schemes. We have to keep drilling it and get more familiar with each other.” All-Star guard DeMar DeRozan is not having any trouble adjusting offensively and scored 28 points in each of the first two contests.

ABOUT THE LAKERS (0-2): James knew it was going to be a process to mold the Los Angeles roster into a championship contender, and he was not upset about letting a one-point game get out of hand due to the late skirmish. “I’m not disappointed at all,” James told reporters after the 124-115 setback. “I understand that we’re going to have some early struggles. Nobody said it’s going to be easy. I’m not disappointed in nothing we did tonight.” James is averaging 25 points through two games but is still searching for his touch from long range while going 1-of-11 from beyond the arc.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. The Lakers are shooting an NBA-worst 24.2 percent from 3-point range.

2. DeRozan is averaging 6.5 assists – more than twice his career mark (3.1).

3. Los Angeles took all three meetings last season and four straight in the series.

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NBA Daily Fantasy Basketball – Utah Jazz vs Los Angeles Lakers

Dominate your competition with our NBA Daily Fantasy Basketball, create the winning lineup at Fanpicks.com. The Utah Jazz (40-41) take on the host Los Angeles Lakers (16-65) at Staples Center. Fantasy Basketball
Utah comes into this game tied for the eight-seed in the western conference, but their faith will be out of their hands. The Houston Rockets are holding the eight-spot as well, but have the crucial tiebreaker over the Jazz. The Jazz have actually lost three of their past four headed into this game and that’s not the type of thing you can do in the midst of a playoff hunt. The offense has really hurt this club, as they rank 28th in both scoring and assists per contests.

Although the Lakers are having one of their worst seasons in franchise history, this trivial game will be one of the most important ones in years for Los Angeles fans. This is the last game of Kobe Bryant’s career and the energy in the Staples Center should be out of control. That alone should make this a exceptional game, as the Lakers will have plenty of motivation in what would normally be a throw-in-the-towel match-up.

With that in mind, the Jazz should still be a sizable favorite, as their post-season lives are on the line and the Lakers are still leaving empty-handed after this.

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New York Knicks vs Los Angeles Lakers

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The New York Knicks will travel to the city of angels where they will face the Los Angeles Lakers tonight at the Staples Center. FanPicks is proud to bring you this basketball fantasy preview of this game. Come play in our one of a kind and exciting March Madness Regional Millions contest as well as 3 other contests for the NCAA College Basketball Tournament, the only ones in the industry at Fanpicks.com and with over 5 million dollars in giveaways and prizes the next 3 weeks.

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L.A is somewhat in a good momentum having only lost once in their last 3 games. They will come into this game with more energy and confidence considering their extremely tough season and second last record in the league. Their big man Jordan Clarkson will be back in the lineup which will help his promising rookie teammate D’Angelo Russell, who’s been a standout this year and sheds bright lights on the Lakers’ future. Kobe will be playing his last game against the Knicks, a team he knows real well and had some career highlight reel notably scoring 61 points against them in 2009. He will try to avoid Camelo Anthony’s Knicks to sweep their season series after his great performance against the Cavaliers despite their loss on Thursday.

New York is currently going through rough times like their Western opponents tonight. They;ve only won 7 games out of their last 25. Unfortunately for them, the situation keeps on worsening as the losses are becoming uglier. Their offense is nonexistent and ranks 25th in the league after ranking in the middle all season until lately. With the recruitment of Tony Wroten earlier this week, they will get an offensive boost off the bench but in questionable health.

This should be a tight game with both teams struggling and playing inconsistent basketball down the stretch. game between two struggling teams, as the Knicks are a projected two-point favorite.

 

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Atlanta Hawks vs Los Angeles Lakers

NBA Fantasy Basketball Preview

Kobe ’s Los Angeles Lakers will be awaiting the Atlanta Hawks tonight at the Staples Center and hope to avoid slip up into another major losing streak. FanPicks has this NBA Fantasy Basketball preview for this game. Come enjoy some DFS news and predictions at www.fanpicks.com

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Los Angeles just got out of a difficult 8 game losing streak prior to their latest game at the hands of the Nuggets 117-107. The strange thing about this Lakers team is that their individual talents and potential have absolutely no correlation with their NBA record this year. Injuries have been a huge blown for their organization and will be potentially without Kobe Bryant, Lou Williams and Jordan Clarkson tonight. They’re the worst shooting team in the league and unfortunately haven’t improved at all defensively, allowing 116.4 pts per game their last 8. The positive note for the Lakers is that D’Angelo Russell’s development as rookie as sped up with Bryant’s injury and he’s been averaging 26.8 pts the past 4 games.

The Hawks are coming back from a tough loss against the Golden State Warriors, almost ending their record home game winning streak. They’ve been playing some good basketball lately but have lost half of their last 10 games within 10 pts. Their lack in offensive key decision making and inability to close their opponents towards the end of the game has been their main issue. They’ve been pretty much counting on their defense to win their games, as they’re ranked 2nd in the NBA. With key conference wins against the Bulls, Hornets and Pacers the past month, they will most likely continue their great form into this game. Stats however haven’t been on the Hawks’ side against the Lakers as they’ve won only 1 of their last 9 games in LA and haven’t won back to back road games against the Lakers since 2002.

 

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Fantasy Basketball Memphis Grizzlies vs              Los Angeles Lakers Preview

NBA Basketball Fantasy Basketball Preview

Kobe Bryant’s Los Angeles Lakers will be hosting the Memphis Grizzlies Friday night in this Western Conference battle. FanPicks has your your fantasy basketball preview for this game. Come enjoy some DFS news and predictions at www.fanpicks.com

Fantasy Basketball Memphis Grizzlies vs Los Angeles Lakers

L.A. comes into this game hoping to end their 7 game losing streak. They’re coming back from a defeat in Memphis 2 nights ago. Unfortunately for the Lakers, their numbers in Kobe’s last year have been absolutely terrible. Terrible to the point where they rank in the bottom 5 teams in pts scored and on average allow over +110 pts a game. On a positive note, their future generation looks promising with youngsters like Julius Randle and D’Angelo Russell.

The Grizzlies are on some kind of hot streak lately, having dropped only one of their last 4. They will hope to continue that streak by beating the Lakers back to back after their latest battle Wednesday. It was the 14th time in their last 16 games that they score way over a 100 pts/ Marc Gasol’s hasn’t really impacted their offense surprisingly. Demarcus Cousins has really been turning it up lately, helping them constantly to boost their offense. They will be hoping to maintain their momentum in this last stretch with the playoffs approaching quickly.

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Los Angeles Lakers vs Chicago Bulls

Daily Fantasy Basketball News – 02-21-16

The Chicago Bulls (28-26) will be hosting the struggling Los Angeles Lakers (11-45) at the United Center. FanPicks has this game on tap for tonight’s DFS action. Come play daily Fantasy Basketball at Fanpicks.com

Projected Lineup

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The Lakers are on a 4 game losing skid coming into this game but are playing much better basketball lately. The last games were all decided in the final seconds and against teams all currently in playoffs. The Lakers are playing very competitive basketball compare to early in the season, exactly what the fans are wanting in Kobe Bryant’s farewell season. Bryant unfortunately dislocated his finger against the San Antonio Spurs in the Lakers’ most recent loss. He will still be expected to dress for this game and hope to continue his good performance, averaging 25 pts, 6 boards and 3 assists over the last 7 games.

The Bulls are currently in a rough spot especially when it comes down to injuries. They’re currently playing now without three big starters: Joakim Noah, Nikola Mirotic and recently Jimmy Butler, all looking to be out for some significant time. The Bulls before their more recent wins against the Raptors were on a 5 game losing streak. Derrick Rose has been stepping his game up averaging 20.8 pts, 5.7 assists and 5.6 boards the last 9 games. The Bulls have been getting great help as well from Doug McDermott, who recently dropped a career high 30 pts against the Raptors.

 

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Los Angeles Lakers vs San Antonio Spurs Fantasy Basketball News – 02-06-16

The San Antonio Spurs (42-8) will be hosting their struggling Western Conference old rivals at the AT&T Center, the Los Angeles Lakers (11-41). FanPicks has this game on tap for tonight’s DFS action. Come play Fantasy Basketball at fanpicks.com.

Projected Lineup

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The Lakers after losing 9 straight games bounced back recently with a two game winning streak, however against weaker opponents. Kobe Bryant has been playing incredibly well, especially the past 3 games around 30 pts a game with 8 boards. Kobe is really looking like an All-Star making everyone in L.A excited. The Lakers are unfortunately still ranked in the bottom 4 in the NBA when it comes to pts allowed per game and pts scored.
The Spurs come into this game winning their past 3 matchups by an average of 13 pts difference. Other than their matchup against defending champions, Golden State Warriors, the Spurs have shown no signs of weaknesses. Ranking amongst the top 5 in the NBA for pts scored, allowed, bench pts and assists in the league. San Antonio is obviously a big favourite in this matchup.

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