The Los Angeles Lakers look to dash away their Las Vegas hangover but the odds won’t be in their favor with Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors stacking the deck. A lousy outing against the Sacramento Kings — with D’Angelo Russell’s bounce back serving as one of the lone bright spots — was a gentle reminder of how far these kids have to go together.
Andre Iguodala and David West are not expected to play for Golden State, while Lou Williams and Jose Calderon are out for the Lakers. This should open more playing time for Anthony Brown, who has fallen out of the rotation while Nick Young rises from the ashes, and Marcelo Huertas.
The Lakers will get their first look at the Voltron formed up in the Bay Area, which will be something like dreaming about the best case scenario for their lottery talent. Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Curry all stand as the “best-best-best” case scenario for Brandon Ingram, Julius Randle and Russell.
This thing could get ugly for a Lakers team struggling to be a cut above the preseason end-of-rotation lineups teams have thrown at them, but you never know what you might get. Perhaps Luke Walton has a trick or two up his sleeve to lob at his old team.
T-Mobile Arena was a quiet, somber place while the Lakers and Kings graced the world with overtime preseason basketball. Expect a much more amped up crowd with Curry and Dubs gracing the hardwood.
Time: 7 p.m. PT
TV: Spectrum SportsNet