The Los Angeles Lakers (15-27) will be facing the San Antonio Spurs (30-8) on Thursday night at AT&T Center. Both teams lost in their previous games and are eyeing to return to the winning column. In their first matchup on Nov. 18, the Spurs beat the Lakers, 116-107, at Staples Center.
PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP
Los Angeles Lakers: PG- D’Angelo Russell, SG- Nick Young, SF- Luol Deng, PF- Julius Randle, C- Timofey Mozgov
San Antonio Spurs: PG- Tony Parker, SG- Danny Green, SF- Kawhi Leonard, PF- LaMarcus Aldridge, C- Pau Gasol
The Spurs are one of the top defensive teams in the league. However, in their recent loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, they failed to make stops in the crucial parts of the game. Spurs center Pau Gasol advised his teammates to improve consistency, especially on the defensive end.
“Our problem on (Tuesday) started with our individual defense,” Gasol said. “(The Bucks) ran the same two plays about 80 percent of the time, and they scored effectively.
“We’re supposed to be a pretty good defensive team, and that doesn’t come from just one player, and not two players, but the entire team working together and being in sync on the floor. A guy can score one time, maybe twice, on a certain play, but that’s it. We just let it keep rolling and paid the price.”
Meanwhile, the Lakers played a good first half in their game against the Portland Trail Blazers. However, in the second half, they struggled to score and were unable to stop the explosives of Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum. The Trail Blazers outrebounded the Lakers, 50-38.
Both the Spurs and the Lakers are eager to return to the winning column. Most people see the Spurs completely dominating their visitors on both ends of the floor. However, if the Lakers will be more consistent and lessen their turnovers, there is a possibility that they could avenge their past loss to the Spurs.
HOW TO WATCH
Schedule: Thursday, January 12, 2017, 8:30 p.m. EST
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