Fixture: Brooklyn Nets vs Los Angeles Lakers
Date & Time: Thursday, January 23, 2020, 8:00 PM ET (Friday, 1:00 AM GMT)
Venue: Barclays Center, Brooklyn
After missing five consecutive games with a back injury, Anthony Davis returned for the Los Angeles Lakers with 28 points. He went out of a game against New York Knicks and two weeks later, Davis came back to lead the Lakers to a win against the same team. In their 92-100 win, LeBron James increased his impressive points tally by 21. Their win over the Knicks came after Boston Celtics inflicted their ninth loss in the league. The Lakers’ record in the season reads an impressive 35-9 and they are comfortably on top of the Western Conference.
As for the Nets, their season has been not as impressive, but decent considering their roster and the injury worries they’ve had to go through. They have lost their last four games. All four of the games were against teams in the top half of the NBA table and so is their next game.
Kyrie Irving missed their last game with a minor hamstring injury and is expected to be back on Thursday. The Nets will be looking to put up a good fight against what has been one of the best teams in NBA this season.
Injury updates and team news
Los Angeles Lakers-
Expected starting line-up: Danny Green, Avery Bradley, Anthony Davis, LeBron James, JaVale McGee
Injuries: Nicolas Claxton (shoulder)- Questionable, DeAndre Jordan (finger)- Questionable, Kyrie Irving (Hamstring)- Probable, Kevin Durant (Achilles) – Out
Expected starting line-up: Kyrie Irving, Spencer Dinwiddie, Rodions Kurucs, Taurean Prince, Jarret Allen
The Lakers have league’s best field goal percentage in offence while the Nets have the fourth-best field goal percentage defensively. When looked at the whole team, the Lakers look extremely strong and could end up on the winning side on Thursday.