Fixture: Los Angeles Lakers vs New York Knicks
Date & Time: Tuesday, January 7, 2020, 10:30 PM ET (Wednesday, 3:30 AM GMT)
Venue: Staples Center, Los Angeles
To reiterate their defensive prowess, the Los Angeles Lakers had a season-high 20 blocks in the previous game against Detroit Pistons. Overall, they are averaging 7.4 blocks per game. Their powerful defence combined with good returns in the offence has made them one of the best teams in the season. They are currently on the top of Western Conference with a win-loss record of 29-7. After a four-game losing streak during the Christmas period, they seem to be back on track with a five-game winning streak. Their last game ended in a 106-99 win over Detroit Pistons. LeBron James registered another triple-double (21 points, 11 assists and 14 rebounds) in the victory while Anthony Davis got a double-double (24 points and 11 rebounds).
Their Monday’s opponents, New York Knicks, are second from bottom in the Eastern Conference with a win-loss record of 10-26. In their last game, they fell short to Los Angeles Clippers by just three points. They will once again play at the Staples Centre on Monday and will be looking to put up a similar fight.
Injury updates & team news
Los Angeles Lakers-
Injuries: Anthony Davis (Shoulder)- Probable, Avery Bradley (Ankle)- Out, DeMarcus Cousins (Knee)- Out
Expected starting lineup: Danny Green, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, LeBron James, Anthony Davis, JaVale McGee
New York Knicks-
Injuries: Dennis Smith (Oblique)- Questionable, Elfrid Payton- Questionable (Personal reasons), Marcus Morris (Sore neck)- Probable
Expected starting lineup: Frank Ntilikina, Marcus Morris, Taj Gibson, Julius Randle, RJ Barrett
In the Knicks three-point defeat in the previous game, Marcus Morris had scored 38 points. Throughout the season, he is averaging 19.1 points per game. He has been a consistent performer for the Knicks and might to well for them again on Monday. However, it might be too little for the team to beat a strong Lakers side.