Fixture: Los Angeles Lakers vs Dallas Mavericks
Date & Time: Sunday, 1st December 2019, 4:30 PM ET (9:30 PM GMT)
Venue: Staples Center, Los Angeles
A few MVP contenders will be on the floor when Dallas Mavericks take on Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday. 20-year old sensation Luka Doncic will be up against the duo of LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Doncic’s incredible season so far will be put to test at the Staples Centre against a strong Lakers defence.
The Mavericks have been a threat going forward. Their average of 118 points per game is the fourth best in the league. Mavericks look like a serious contenders on a tight Western Conference. Their 120-113 win on Friday took their win-loss record in the season to 12-6, and are placed sixth in the table.
As for the Lakers, they have been the best team in the league so far. With an unmatched 17-2 record in the season, Lakers are on top of the Western Conference with four wins more than the next best. Their 125-103 win in the last game took their winning streak to 10 games, with their last loss coming in the second week of November against Toronto Raptors.
Injury updates & team news-
Los Angeles Lakers-
Injuries: Avery Bradley (lower leg)- out, DeMarcus Cousins (knee)- Out
Predicted starting line up: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Danny Green, Anthony Davis, LeBron James, JaVale McGee
Predicted starting line up: Luka Doncic, Tim Hardaway Jr, Kristaps Porzingis, Dorian Finney-Smith, Dwight Powell
Anthony Davis has had his own presence felt despite playing alongside LeBron James. He had one of his best performances in front of a jeering crowd on a visit his old team two games ago, where he scored 41 points. He has been averaging 26.1 points and 9.2 rebounds per game in the season. Davis, along with LeBron will be a difficult force to stop.
For the Mavericks, Luka Doncic has been experiencing a fairy-tale second season. He finished November averaging a 30-point triple double. The last time these two teams met earlier in the season, Doncic finished with a 40-point triple double, and he looks in all readiness for another big performance on Sunday. But he will need more support from other players if the Mavericks are to stand a chance of winning. Otherwise, the Lakers might go on to win their 11th consecutive game.