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While their rosters are limited, the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets are certain to put on a star-studded performance. The Brooklyn Nets are currently fourth in the Eastern Conference with a 30-19 overall record and a 19-5 home record. The Los Angeles Lakers have fallen to 13th in the Western Conference with a 23-27 overall record and a 10-15 road record.
The Lakers and Nets met once already this season, with Los Angeles coming out the winner in a 103-116 finish. Over their last 10 meetings, the Lakers and Nets have gone 5-5. This is the second and final time these teams will meet this season.
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|Los Angeles Lakers||Head-to-Head||Brooklyn Nets|
|Darvin Ham||Head Coach||Jacque Vaughn|
|23-27 (13th in West)||Standing||30-19 (4th in East)|
|113.6 (19th of 30)||Off Rtg||115.9 (7th of 30)|
|114.6 (18th of 30)||Def Rtg||113.2 (11th of 30)|
|101.8 (3rd of 30)||Pace||98.5 (20th of 30)|
Leaders (Per Game)
|L. James (30.2)||PPG||K. Durant (29.7)|
|A. Davis (12.0)||RPG||N. Claxton (8.9)|
|R. Westbrook (7.5)||APG||B. Simmons (6.4)|
|A. Davis (1.3)||SPG||B. Simmons (1.4)|
|A. Davis (2.1)||BPG||N. Claxton (2.7)|
|T. Bryant (.641)/L. James (11.6)||FG%/FGM||N. Claxton (.747)/K. Durant (10.5)|
|T. Bryant (.444)/L. James (2.2)||3P%/3PM||Y. Watanabe (.495)/K. Irving (3.3)|
|Austin Reaves||Los Angeles Lakers||06 Jan 2023||Out (Hamstring)||Reaves will be re-evaluated in two weeks as he deals with a left hamstring strain.|
|Anthony Davis||Los Angeles Lakers||30 Jan 2023||Out (Foot)||Davis is expected to be OUT for Los Angeles' Monday (Jan. 30) game.|
|LeBron James||Los Angeles Lakers||30 Jan 2023||Out (Ankle)||James is expected to be OUT for Los Angeles' Monday (Jan. 30) game.|
|Kevin Durant||Brooklyn Nets||24 Jan 2023||Out (Knee)||Durant is scheduled to be reassessed in two weeks.|
|Ben Simmons||Brooklyn Nets||28 Jan 2023||Out (Knee)||Simmons was OUT for the Nets' Saturday (Jan. 28) game.|
|T. J. Warren||Brooklyn Nets||28 Jan 2023||Out (Shin)||Warren was OUT for the Nets' Saturday (Jan. 28) game.|
Both the Los Angeles Lakers and the Brooklyn Nets will be missing some key players, but it's sure to be a star-studded performance regardless. The Brooklyn Nets are currently fourth in the East, but they've won just four of their last 10 games. The Los Angeles Lakers are coming off of a devastating loss, keeping them 13th in the West and sending them to 4-6 over their last 10 games.
The Los Angeles Lakers are expected to enter this game without the assistance of LeBron James and Anthony Davis. They've now gone 3-2 over their last five games, allowing their opponents 119.0 points per game on 45.5% from the field and 35.3% from three-point range. Brooklyn's form has been similarly inconsistent, as they've been lacking Kevin Durant and Ben Simmons in recent matches. Brooklyn's offense has still been impressive without Durant, averaging 122.8 points per game on 53.8% from the field and 47.1% from three over their last five matches.
The Lakers are sure to be motivated going into this match, especially off the back of a controversial loss in their last game. However, with their stars missing, they're severely more undermanned than the Brooklyn Nets. Given their maintained offensive threat, the Nets should earn a victory.
Christian Jope is a writer, social media strategist, and data analyst. A Queen’s University Alumni, Christian is an author and social media strategist with Raptors Cage, while also working closely with MLSE and Canada Basketball through community-driven events.
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