Well, we’ve made it. The start of the 2019-20 Los Angeles Lakers campaign is upon us, and the NBA couldn’t have possibly given fans a better team to root against in its opener. All summer, we’ve gotten piece after piece on why the LA Clippers might now own L.A., and the Lakers can step on that narrative’s throat with one comfortable win — and the circumstances line up pretty well to do just that.
The Lake Show
Having waited months for this exact day, Harrison and I start the show exactly where you’d imagine: Breaking down the latest and final “Star Wars” trailer. We’re hyped.
We somehow break from that talk to discuss tonight’s highly-anticipated matchup between a squad highlighted by two legitimate superstars and the Clippers. I’m about as confident regarding tonight’s game as I’ve been about basketball in damn near a decade.
The player we’re most excited about tonight is pretty clearly Anthony Davis, and we explain why (it turns out having LeBron James helps in this regard), then use gambling statistics to summarize the analysis of the two teams this summer.
Locked on Lakers
On today’s show, Pete and I start by discussing the stakes associated with tonight’s game. While intangible, they’re also pretty hard to ignore. Pete still won’t relent on not considering this to be a rivalry, but I try to make the case that this could be its launching point.
We then get into the specifics of this matchup, starting with the backcourt, then at each wing and finally in the frontcourt, where the Lakers should frankly dominate.
Finally, we wrap up the show by answering a question about how the Lakers might move Kyle Kuzma around just to find him a few more minutes here and there, though I don’t think they should get too cute in this regard.
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