The Lakers are coming off a statement win against the Bucks, after losing surprisingly to the Warriors in their previous game. It was a much-needed win for them, as they reminded the league that they are still the favorites. The Bulls are playing a back-to-back game tonight. But they come in good spirits after beating the Hornets last night.
Kostas Antetokounmpo (knee) and Jared Dudley (calf) will continue to stay on the sidelines for the Lakers. Stars LeBron James and Anthony Davis are also listed as questionable, but they should be able to return in time.
So their lineup will feature Dennis Schroder and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope as their guards, LeBron James and Anthony Davis as the forwards, and Marc Gasol as the center.
Wendell Carter Jr (thigh) missed their last game, but he could return to face the Lakers tonight. Adam Mokoka (concussion) has also been listed as questionable for the Bulls.
So the Bulls will start with Coby White and Zach LaVine as their guards, Patrick Williams and Lauri Markkanen as their forwards, and Wendel Carter Jr as their center.
The Lakers played hosts when these two teams met earlier in the season. The Bulls gave them a scare, but the Lakers managed to squeak out a two-point win. They were poor defensively all night, but their exceptional offense came to their rescue.
Since then, the Lakers have grown stronger defensively, while maintaining their offensive brilliance. That combined with their stunning 8-0 away record makes them the favorites to win tonight. They will have to be wary of the Bulls who are on a good run as well.
The Bulls defense has been lackluster and their offensive is bailing them, so if the Lakers can stay strong defensively, they should be able to cruise to a win. It will take them to a 13-4 record and will give them a boost as they face the in-form Cavs in their next game.
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