November 22, 2017, 4:33 pm
The Lakers (8-10) head to Sacramento to take on the Kings (4-13) Wednesday night to try and extend their win streak to three games.
Los Angeles is playing the second game of a back-to-back set after an exhilarating win against Chicago in which they overcame a 19-point second half deficit to win 103-94. The Lakers came out flat in the first half of that game and allowed a team with a poor record to build a large lead – they can ill afford to do so again.
One anticipated matchup in this game will be that of De’Aaron Fox against Lonzo Ball. Fox ended Ball’s collegiate career with a huge performance against the Bruins accruing 39 points, four assists, three rebounds and two steals while shooting 13-of-20 from the floor and 13-of-15 from the line. Ball had a relatively quiet game with 10 points, eight assists, three rebounds, two blocks and four turnovers while shooting only 4-of-10 from the field and 1-of-6 from 3-point range. Ball was thoroughly outplayed in the affair and his team lost by 11 points.
Regardless of their one-on-one matchup, Ball was drafted No.2 overall this year while Fox slipped to No.5 overall. Fox has made it clear on multiple occasions that he felt he merited a higher selection than Ball but has not been given the opportunity to justify his statements as Ball has missed every matchup between the two teams to date.
On the season Fox is averaging 11.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.1 blocks on 40.8 percent from the floor. In comparison Ball averages 8.9 points, 7.4 rebounds, 6.9 assists, 1.4 steals and 0.9 blocks on 30.8 percent from the floor. Ball has been given the greater opportunity with 33.0 minutes per game compared to 26.6 minutes per game for Fox. Perhaps the matchup will motivate Ball to be more aggressive from the onset allowing to draw a couple fouls on Fox therefore relegating him to the vulpine.
Ball will not only be playing against Fox as George Hill will start the game at point guard and take first crack at the youngster. Hill is an excellent defender with great length and will surely do everything in his power to challenge Ball.
There are of course many other Lakers taking the court in this game. Julius Randle is coming off of an excellent, motivational second half where he sparked the Lakers to their comeback win producing 10 points, 10 rebounds, two assists and two blocks.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope played his best overall game as a Laker with 21 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals and was vital down the stretch.
Kyle Kuzma continued his torrid streak as a starting power forward with 22 points, three rebounds and five assists.
Brandon Ingram was assertive in the fourth quarter repeatedly attacking the basket while compiling 17 points, five rebounds, five assists, one steal and two blocks.
In short, the young Lakers are playing extremely well in their two-game win streak and hope to continue their strong play tonight.
- The Lakers have an edge over the Kings in almost every statistical category including overall points per game with an average of 105.4 points (15th) compared to 93.2 (30th) for the Kings.
- Los Angles shoots 45.4 percent (16th) from the floor vs. 42.6 percent (28th) for Sacramento.
- The Lakers hold a massive edge on the glass with 47.8 rebounds per game (2nd) compared to 39.2 per game (29th) for the Kings.
- As usual a key barometer for Los Angeles will be limiting their turnovers as they average 17.3 per game (29th) vs. 14.2 (5th) for Sacramento.
Lonzo Ball (PG)
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (SG)
Brandon Ingram (SF)
Kyle Kuzma (PF)
Brook Lopez (C)
De’Aaron Fox (PG)
George Hill (SG)
Garrett Temple (SF)
Skal Labissiere (PF)
Zach Randolph (C)
Larry Nance JR. (left hand) – OUT
Vince Carter (kidney stones) – PROBABLE
Buddy Hield (ankle) – PROBABLE
Georgios Papagiannis (abdomen strain) – PROBABLE
Harry Giles (knee) – OUT
Time: 7:30 PST/10:30 EST
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