2019-20 NBA – Los Angeles Lakers @ Brooklyn Nets Preview & Pick

THE FACTS

When is Los Angeles Lakers @ Brooklyn Nets taking place? Friday 24th January, 2019 – 01:00 (UK)

Where is Los Angeles Lakers @ Brooklyn Nets taking place? Barclays Center

What channel is Los Angeles Lakers @ Brooklyn Nets on? Spectrum Sportsnet, TNT

Where can I stream Los Angeles Lakers @ Brooklyn Nets? If the game is televised on Sky Sports, subscribers will be able to stream the match live via Sky Go / NBA League Pass subscribers can stream every game live on the online service

Where can I get tickets for Los Angeles Lakers @ Brooklyn Nets? https://nbatickets.nba.com/

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Los Angeles Lakers 106 – 111 Brooklyn Nets

THE TEAM NEWS

LOS ANGELES LAKERS

  • The Lakers did a good job to bounce back from their ugly 139-107 loss against the Boston Celtics the last time out and topped the Knicks easily by a 100-92 score. They might be 3-2 over their last five games, but the Lakers remain the top team in the Eastern Conference with a 35-9 record.
  • DeMarcus Cousins and Devontae Cacok have been ruled out for head coach Frank Vogel. Anthony Davis and Rajon Rondo have been listed as questionable – something that has been a trend of late – but both players should be available.
  • LeBron James should be the player to watch here, as he is inching closer towards becoming the third-highest all-time scorer in the NBA. LeBron ended with 21 points against the Knicks and, as if that wasn’t enough, he’s also leading the league in assists per contest.

BROOKLYN NETS

  • The Nets enter this game in the midst of a four-game losing streak after dropping their most recent contest by a 111-117 score against the Philadelphia 76ers. It’s safe to say things have not gone according to plan at Brooklyn but even considering their struggles and their 1-4 record over their last five games, they still sit in playoff zone with a 18-24 record.
  • Kevin Durant is Brooklyn’s lone absentee ahead of this match. However, they have several players questionable ahead of this contest, and most of them will be game-time decisions. The list includes Wilson Chandler, DeAndre Jordan, Nicolas Claxton, and star point guard Kyrie Irving.
  • If available, Irving should be Brooklyn’s player to watch. He missed Monday’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers, but he is expected to feature here. The former Boston Celtics star is averaging 21.0 points, 6.0 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 2.3 steals in 30.0 minutes during the current month of January.

THE PREDICTION

The Lakers and the Nets are going through different runs of form at the moment – while the Nets can’t find any silver lining during their four-game losing streak, the Lakers are a top team in the league and should remain a bonafide title contender even if they face some bumps on the road. The Lakers are the better team here, and they shouldn’t have problems in securing a comfortable win against a reeling Nets team that can’t seem to figure things out even with the impending return of Kyrie Irving.

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