The San Antonio Spurs will host the Los Angeles Lakers on November 25. Both teams are at the bottom of the Western Conference and could use another win. The Spurs are 6-12, while the Lakers are 5-11. Both teams could use some more wins to improve in the standings this season.
The teams played against each other a few days ago, with the Lakers claiming victory 123-92. Let’s break down the recent play of each team and decide who will be the victor in their next matchup on Friday night.
Los Angeles Lakers Overview
The Los Angeles Lakers have been missing LeBron James for five straight games. However, they have not needed him to win lately. The Lakers have gone 3-1 in their previous four games, with the loss coming against the Phoenix Suns.
Anthony Davis has been on a tear lately. He has scored 30 or more points and at least 16 rebounds in each of his last four games. He has led the way for the Lakers, both on the offensive and defensive end.
LeBron James is nearing a return to action, and he still has a chance to return for the game against the San Antonio Spurs. LeBron has put up very solid numbers this year, averaging 25 points, seven assists, and nine rebounds per game.
The Lakers won the championship in 2020 when Anthony Davis was the primary scoring option, and LeBron led the league in assists. When Davis dealt with injuries the next two seasons, LeBron became the primary scorer for the team. Even when Davis would return for a few games, he seemed more passive and willing to defer to James.
Anthony Davis has proved in his recent games that the Lakers can be successful with him as the primary option. We will have to see how the Lakers perform when LeBron returns to the lineup. It may benefit them to continue to feed Anthony Davis with the ball early in the game.
San Antonio Spurs Overview
After a solid start to the season, the San Antonio Spurs have struggled. They have lost five straight and lost to the Lakers by over 30 points.
Devin Vassell and Keldon Johnson have led the way for this young Spurs team. Johnson has done a solid job scoring the basketball by averaging 21.3 points per game.
Jakob Poeltl has also done a solid job contributing on both ends of the floor and averaging a near double-double. He missed the previous game against the Lakers, but he has a strong possibility of returning for the next game.
The Spurs have struggled taking care of the basketball for most of the season. However, that was not the issue in their loss to the Lakers.
The entire team had a poor shooting night, as they shot a combined 39 percent on field goals and 21 percent on threes. They also failed to capitalize on free throw attempts.
Keldon Johnson only shot 4-20 on field goal attempts in this game. He will have to shoot better if he wants to help the Spurs defeat the Lakers.
Take the Lakers in this game. Anthony Davis has been playing excellently recently. If he can continue to play even half as well as he has in his last four games, he will give the Lakers an immediate boost.
Another huge boost could be the return of LeBron James to the lineup. As one of the best passers in the league, he would be able to generate opportunities for his teammates, especially a dominant version of Anthony Davis.