Stats Prove Lakers’ LeBron James Has The Clear Edge in Head to Head Over Nets’ Kyrie Irving

February 19, 2021 8:45 am

The Los Angeles Lakers face the Brooklyn Nets tonight. In a battle between the two giants, there are multiple missing players on both sides. But former teammates, LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, will go toe to toe once again.

They have faced each other 12 times so far. LeBron has come out on top 10 times in those meetings and has outscored Kyrie in each of the 12 battles. Additionally, in nine of the 12 games, LeBron has also recorded more assists than Irving.

This shows the difference between the two, and how strongly LeBron outplays Irving in each of their matchups. While the first six of these games came when LeBron was with the Heat, the other six were after Kyrie requested to leave LeBron and the Cavs. That could have been a motivating factor for LeBron in these last six matchups. It would have fueled him to save his best for when he faces Irving.

Can LeBron James and the Lakers beat Kyrie Irving and the Nets?

The Lakers will start the game without two of their most important players. Anthony Davis had already been ruled out via a calf injury, and just hours before the game, Dennis Schroder was also ruled out due to COVID-19 protocols. This is a huge blow for the Lakers, who are now without two of their starters.

Jan 10, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers controls the ball during the first quarter of a game against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center on January 10, 2021 in Houston, Texas. Mandatory Credit: Carmen Mandato/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

The Nets also have a superstar missing in Kevin Durant, who is out with a hamstring injury. It will be a huge disappointment to see two of the biggest stars in the NBA missing out on such a high-stakes game. While the game still has LeBron, Irving, and James Harden, AD and KD would have made the game more exciting.

Feb 13, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) stands next to head coach Steve Nash after exiting a game against the Golden State Warriors in the third quarter at the Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Both teams arrive in excellent form. The Nets are on a four-game winning streak, while the Lakers have lost just once in their last nine games. While their results may read as wins, the Lakers haven’t been up to the mark. That could tilt the odds in favor of the Nets, but LeBron is always itching for such big games. That could bring the best out of him and potentially help him lead the Lakers to a win.

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Aaron Mathew

Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror. He has also volunteered for organisations such as 'AkshayaShakti Welfare Association' and 'Reviving The Rivers'. His favorite player is, and will always remain, Kobe Bryant.

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