January 19, 2018, 9:11 pm
The Lakers (15-29) are 0-8 this season without Lonzo Ball on their roster — they will be without him again on Friday against the Indiana Pacers (24-21). They are more than just losing without him, they are losing big, as the Lakers have an overall minus-18 point differential without Ball. Unfortunately for the Lakers, the situation is much more dire than that as they will also be without Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Achilles) and Brandon Ingram (ankle) as well.
Los Angeles is coming off a 114-90 defeat at the hands of the Oklahoma City Thunder, a game in which they were outworked on the glass to the tune of 54-30 while surrendering 21 offensive rebounds. Regardless of who is able to take the floor against the Pacers, the Lakers need to bring a workmanlike mentality from the onset, playing strong defense and competing on the glass.
The Lakers are expecting to have leading scorer Kyle Kuzma for this contest and they will have to rely on him heavily. For the season he is averaging 16.5 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.4 blocks and 2.0 3-pointers a game while shooting 45.8 percent from the field. He was injured in the Lakers last contest, suffering a sprained where the pinkie and the palm of the hand meet. The injury is to his non-shooting hand so the Lakers hope that it will have a negligible effect on his overall play.
Another key player for the Lakers will be Julius Randle, whom they will need for his scoring, rebounding, play-making and toughness. For the season, Randle is averaging 13.3 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.5 steals and 0.7 blocks while shooting 54.7 percent from the floor.
The Pacers are led by Victor Oladipo who is having a breakout year after being traded from Oklahoma City in the Paul George deal. He is accruing 24.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.9 steals, 0.9 blocks and 2.6 3-pointers a game while shooting 48.5 percent from the field and 79.0 percent from the line.
The Lakers signed Nigel Hayes to a two-way contract this week to try and bolster their ranks. Hayes, a 6’8” forward who weighs in at 258 pounds, has the ability to guard both forward positions while also providing Los Angeles with some much needed outside shooting. In the G-League he averaged 14.9 points and 6.6 rebounds while shooting 45.8 percent from the field and 44.0 percent from 3-point range.
- The Pacers are one of the best shooting teams in the league as they make 48.1 percent of their field goals (3rd) and 38.4 percent of their 3-point attempts (2nd). The Lakers are not in the same echelon, converting 45.3 percent (17th) of their field goal attempts and 33.0 percent of their 3-point shots (30th).
- Los Angeles commits a lot more fouls per game at 22.2 (5th most) vs. only 18.7 fouls per game (24th most) for Indiana.
- The Lakers must get back to controlling the boards after the debacle in their last game. For the season, the Lakers average 46.3 rebounds per game (3rd) compared to 42.0 rebounds per game (20th) for the Pacers.
- Los Angeles will have to be extremely careful with the basketball if they hope to win as they have little margin for error. Indiana only turns the ball over 13.5 times per game (4th) vs. 16.7 miscues per game (29th) for Los Angeles.
- These teams are not close as far as net rating is concerned with the Pacers earning a 1.8 rating (8th) vs. the Lakers who are 26th in the league at -4.0.
- If the Lakers are to win it will likely be on the merit of their defense as they are tied for the lead league in defensive rating during their 15 victories with a defensive rating of 96.6 in those contests.
Projected Starting Rosters
Tyler Ennis (PG)
Josh Hart (SG)
Corey Brewer (SF)
Kyle Kuzma (PF)
Julius Randle (C)
Darren Collison (PG)
Victor Oladipo (SG)
Bojan Bogdanovic (SF)
Thaddeous Young (PF)
Domantas Sabonis (C)
Lono Ball (sprained knee) – OUT
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Achilles) – OUT
Brandon Ingram (ankle) – OUT
Julius Randle (fractured right ring finger) – EXPECTED TO PLAY
Kyle Kuzma (sprained fifth metacarpal-phalangeal joint) – EXPECTED TO PLAY
Myles Turner (sprained right elbow) – OUT
Time: 7:30 PM PST, 10:30 PM EST
Television: SPECSN/SPECD, FOX SPORTS INDIANA
Radio: 710 AM ESPN, 1330 AM ESPN DEPORTES, 1070 THE FAN/107.5 FM
November 12, 2019, 1:21 amDraymond GreenPF, Golden State Warriors
Draymond Green scored four points with seven rebounds and four assists before getting ejected in Monday's game against the Jazz.
After missing five games with a sprained index finger, this wasn't exactly the return owners were anticipating. Green went 2-for-7 from the floor and missed all four his 3-point attempts before getting ejected. He argued with a ref for a foul call and christened Chase Center's first ejection with his name. The season-long outlook for Green is a lot more muddy now that the Warriors should be shifting into tank mode later in the year.
November 12, 2019, 1:19 amD'Angelo RussellPG, Golden State Warriors
D'Angelo Russell was explosive on offense again in Monday's 108-122 loss to the Jazz, pouring in 33 points on 13-of-25 shooting while adding two rebounds, eight assists, a steal and five 3-pointers.
Russell has the ultimate green light to fire away and he was converting on some beautiful plays tonight. The only thing preventing him from reaching early-round value would be an injury as the Warriors need Russell to score 30 on a nightly basis for a chance to win any games this year.
November 12, 2019, 1:17 amWillie Cauley-SteinC, Golden State Warriors
Willie Cauley-Stein scored eight points on 4-of-7 shooting to go with 11 rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block on Monday.
Cauley-Stein is by no means a great NBA player, but the Warriors are going to have to play either him, or Marquese Chriss (17 minutes, 11 points, six rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer) so either way it's a loss. It'll be too hard to trust WCS to produce nightly and we're not going to bat an eye towards Chriss unless something major breaks.
November 12, 2019, 1:14 amEric PaschallPF, Golden State Warriors
Eric Paschall scored eight points on 4-of-10 shooting to go with six rebounds and two steals on Monday.
Paschall came off the bench, but logged 30 minutes partly due to Draymond Green being ejected. He's still worth hanging onto as the Warriors are desperate for any source of production and Paschall is the most talented player from the Warriors' young talent poo,l.
November 12, 2019, 1:14 amDonovan MitchellSG, Utah Jazz
Donovan Mitchell continues to be a sharpshooter from beyond the arc, nailing five 3-pointers on his way to 23 points with eight rebounds and six assists on Monday.
He didn't record any defensive stats, but the Don is now shooting .429 from deep and .488 from the floor this season. The main thing holding him back from a top-25 finish was his efficiency and the spacing the Jazz have added in the offseason have opened up new doors for Mitchell to explore his ceiling.
November 12, 2019, 1:13 amRudy GobertC, Utah Jazz
Rudy Gobert had a big game in Utah's 122-108 win over the Warriors on Monday with 25 points and 14 rebounds to go with an assist, a steal and two blocks.
This is Gobert's fifth consecutive double-digit rebounding game and over that stretch he's averaging 12.3 points, 15.8 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 1.0 blocks on .583 shooting. The 11-for-12 mark is a huge boost for owners, but in typical fashion he hurt you at the line, going 3-for-9 on his free throws.
November 12, 2019, 1:10 amMike ConleyPG, Utah Jazz
Mike Conley had a good scoring night on Monday, dropping 22 points on 6-of-11 shooting while adding a rebound, seven assists and five 3-pointers.
Conley is too talented to slump for long and if you couldn't fetch him at his all-time low price earlier this year, it's unlikely that you'll be able to anytime soon.
November 12, 2019, 1:07 amBojan BogdanovicSF, Utah Jazz
Bojan Bogdanovic scored 12 points on 4-of-15 shooting to go with two rebounds, two assists, a steal and two 3-pointers on Monday.
Bogdanovic was signed to the Jazz to bring his outside scoring ability and he hasn't disappointed. He's shooting .455 from deep on a career-high 6.9 attempts per game. He should continue to be a strong source of triples as the Jazz love his shooting.
November 12, 2019, 1:06 amJoe InglesSF, Utah Jazz
Joe Ingles scored 11 points on 3-of-8 shooting while handing out seven dimes to go with his three boards, one steal and one 3-pointer.
Ingles has had a tough time shooting the ball and the minutes are down from last season, but he's still got some fringe value with 1.4 3s, 3.3 assists and 0.8 steals. Those numbers could climb, especially the shooting, but the top-80 Ingles is going to be much harder to reach this year.
November 12, 2019, 1:05 amDewayne DedmonC, Sacramento Kings
Dewayne Dedmon (right knee sprain) is listed as probable for Tuesday's game against the Blazers.
Dedmon has been passed up by Richaun Holmes and now Harry Giles has returned, so he's definitely droppable in standard leagues.