The Lakers are winless in the five games they have played so far. Frank Vogel doesn't have a full-strength lineup to work with yet, as multiple key players have sustained injuries recently.
Nevertheless, the team is aware that they will take time to find their rhythm. The Lakers showed flashes of their potential during their 99-111 loss against the Golden State Warriors in their previous game. They will be hoping to put up a better showing against Sacramento.
Meanwhile, the Kings have been one of the most impressive teams in the preseason. They enter Thursday's contest on the back of three consecutive wins. A win at home against LA would see them head into the regular season undefeated. Sacramento emerged victorious against the Portland Trail Blazers by a margin of 107-93 in their previous outing.
LA Lakers Injury Report
The LA Lakers will continue to be without several key rotation players. That includes Wayne Ellington, Trevor Ariza, Talen Horton-Tucker, Malik Monk and Kendrick Nunn.
Ariza (ankle) and Horton-Tucker (thumb) will be out for at least eight weeks each after undergoing surgery to recover from their respective injuries. Meanwhile, Monk suffered a groin injury and Nunn is out because of an ankle sprain. Frank Vogel is hopeful the duo will return on the opening night of the regular season.
Ellington sustained a grade 1 hamstring injury. As of now, there is no timetable available for his return.
Sacramento Kings Injury Report
The Sacramento Kings have listed only Marvin Bagley III on their injury report. The forward is in doubt to face the LA Lakers due to right knee soreness.
LA Lakers vs Sacramento Kings: Predicted Lineups
The LA Lakers are likely to deploy the same starting lineup against the Sacramento Kings they did in their previous game.
Russell Westbrook and Kent Bazemore will likely start as guards, while LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Anthony Davis will complete the rest of the lineup. Frank Vogel mentioned Westbrook, James and Davis will play significant minutes in their final preseason game.
Meanwhile, Rajon Rondo, DeAndre Jordan, Dwight Howard and Austin Reaves will likely play the most minutes off the bench.
The Sacramento Kings are expected to play all their players in rotation for the game against the LA Lakers.
De'Aaron Fox and Tyrese Haliburton could start as guards, while Marvin Bagley III, Harrison Barnes and Richaun Holmes will complete the rest of the lineup.
Meanwhile, Davion Mitchell, Tristan Thompson, Terence Davis and Chimezie Metu are likely to play most minutes off the bench.
LA Lakers vs Sacramento Kings: Predicted Starting 5s
Point Guard - Russell Westbrook | Shooting Guard - Kent Bazemore | Small Forward - Carmelo Anthony | Power Forward - LeBron James | Center - Anthony Davis.
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Point Guard - De'Aaron Fox | Shooting Guard - Tyrese Haliburton | Small Forward - Harrison Barnes | Power Forward - Marvin Bagley III | Center -Richaun Holmes.