When the Lakers last saw San Antonio, the Spurs looked like they were on track to exceed expectations once again with a 4-1 record. Since then, they’ve gone 2-10 with no key injuries to their team. Their only two wins during that stretch came against the Oklahoma City Thunder and the New York Knicks — two teams who are not very good themselves.
For the first time in over two decades, the Spurs look bad, and unless they plan to shake things up before the trade deadline, they will continue to be bad. That being said, a road game is still a road game, and as long as Gregg Popovich is on the Spurs’ bench, they’ll have a chance to pull out a win.
Plus, because the Lakers are the best team in the NBA, they’re going to get everybody’s best shot, and the home crowds will be extra hostile. Even if the Lakers are considered heavy favorites going into Monday night’s game, it should be a competitive one — at least for the first half.
But for as well as the Spurs are coached, the Lakers are coached well, too, and they have a superstar tandem in LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Those two things should be enough for them to steal another win on the road.
Tip-off is at 5:30 p.m. PST on Spectrum SportsNet.
Notes and Updates
- Alex Caruso has been listed as probable for Monday night’s game against the Spurs, per Kyle Goon of the OC Register. Caruso missed Saturday’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies with a calf injury.
- Frank Vogel wants Anthony Davis to attempts at least five 3-pointers per game during the four-game road trip the Lakers are on. So far, Davis has averaged 6.5 3-pointers through two games and knocked them down at a 53.8% clip.