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NBA 2018-19: Predicted Starting Lineups and Match Prediction - Los Angeles Lakers vs Golden State Warriors

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960   //    01 Feb 2019, 20:33 IST

Golden State Warriors are back at the top of the standings
Golden State Warriors are back at the top of the standings

The Golden State Warriors will host LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers in a high voltage regular season matchup. The Warriors' eleven-game win streak came to end with their loss against the Philadelphia 76ers. With LeBron James back in the starting line-up, the Lakers will be a different team altogether and will be better equipped against the dubs.


The Golden State Warriors' perspective

Stephen Curry was sensational against the Philadelphia 76ers in the loss
Stephen Curry was sensational against the Philadelphia 76ers in the loss

The Golden State Warriors are finally back at the top of the standings and with DeMarcus Cousins in the starting line-up, this team is definitely going to pose serious challenges to top teams in the league, come playoffs.

Last night, Stephen Curry was sensational against the Philadelphia 76ers and dropped 41 points, even though the team's eleven-game win streak ended. The baby-faced assassin is averaging breath-taking numbers this year - 29.6 points, 5.1 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game.

Klay Thompson did not play in the last game due to illness and that had a huge impact on the result as no one besides Curry delivered from behind the arc. While Curry shot 10-for-18 from the three-point land, everyone else combined for just 1-for-20 from distance. Klay is expected to return against the Lakers.

The predicted Golden State Warriors' starting line-up:

Draymond Green (F), Kevin Durant (F), DeMarcus Cousins (C), Klay Thompson (G) and Stephen Curry (G)


The Los Angeles Lakers' perspective

LeBron James made his return against the Clippers
LeBron James made his return against the Clippers

The Los Angeles Lakers fell in the standings in the absence of LeBron James and were just waiting for him to return to the team. His absence also re-iterated the fact that he is the best player even in his 16th season in the NBA.

The Lakers will not feature if the playoffs were to start today and LeBron James will have to carry this team on his back with new energy. In his return game against the Clippers, he almost put together a triple-double with 24 points, 14 rebounds and 9 assists in the win.

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Every game is important for the team and no game can be taken lightly. The Warriors-Lakers regular season is currently tied at 1-1 and is going to be a cracker of a game.

The predicted Los Angeles Lakers' starting line-up:

Kyle Kuzma (F), LeBron James (F), Brandon Ingram (F), Ivica Zubac (C) and Rajon Rondo (G)


How things might unfold

The dubs are definitely the favorites to win the game as they will be with five All-Stars. However, a team with LeBron James on it can never be written off as he will make sure that his team remains in the game till the end.

With that being said, the dubs rarely lose twice in a row and with the game being played at the Oracle, they are expected to dominate the Lakers.

Prediction

Warriors for the close win.



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