The Los Angeles Lakers are set to face the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday night at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Both teams opened the 2016-17 NBA season with a victory but struggled in their last two games. Can Paul George bring the Pacers back on track and defeat the young Lakers?
Live Streaming: Lakers vs Pacers
Schedule: November 01, 2016, Tuesday 7:00 p.m. ET
Projected Starting Lineup:
Los Angeles Lakers: PG- D’Angelo Russell, SG- Lou Williams, SF- Luol Deng, PF- Julius Randle, C- Timofey Mozgov
Indiana Pacers: PG- Jeff Teague, SG- Monta Ellis, SF- Paul George, PF- Thaddeus Young, C- Myles Turner
The Indiana Pacers entered the 2016-17 NBA season with the goal of contending for the championship title. With the addition of Jeff Teague and Thaddeus Young, the Pacers are expected to be ready enough to challenge LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. However, with their last two losses, it seems like the Pacers are yet to find their chemistry.
“It’s a new group and it’s going to take some time to jell,” coach Nate McMillan said after the loss to the Bulls. “As a group, we have to work better together.”
As shown in their first three games, the Pacers have built a formidable frontcourt of Myles Turner, Thaddeus Young, and Paul George. All big men have managed to score double digits and dominate under the basket. However, it is very noticeable how Monta Ellis and Jeff Teague struggle in their last two road games.
Ellis and Teague have managed to impress in their first game against the Dallas Mavericks, but fail to contribute when they faced the Brooklyn Nets and the Chicago Bulls. With Rodney Stuckey and Aaron Brooks out due to injuries, both starting guards should excel to give the Pacers a higher chance to defeat the Lakers in their Tuesday night game.
For the Lakers, they started the post-Kobe Bryant era with a win against the Houston Rockets. Young players like Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson have made a good impression while veteran forward Luol Deng provides leadership. However, the past two games proved that they still need more time to improve their skills and work together as a team.
Lakers head coach Luke Walton remains optimistic that his team could perform better than the past two seasons. In their upcoming game against the Pacers, it will be interesting to know what lineup or strategy Walton will use to stop Paul George from taking advantage of his young team.
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