Defend NBA champions LA Lakers will try to achieve five wins out of five against an impressive one Atlanta Hawks on Saturday. The Lakers were in widespread form despite the absence of lead star Anthony Davis. LeBron James looks back on their best as the LA Lakers have returned to their former tracks since NBA All-star break.
Facing them will be the Atlanta Hawks, who have been in a flawless streak of wins since the All-Star break itself. The Hawks relied on offensive talent Trae Young, who, together with John Collins, has achieved several top performances in recent weeks. Clint Capela leads in the jump and averages 14.6 points and 2.3 blocks per game.
Both teams enter this game with multiple injury problems, although the LA Lakers are clear favorites to achieve five wins out of five.
Atlanta Hawks vs LA Lakers: Injury Updates
The Atlanta Hawks came out as the winners over the Oklahoma City Thunder in the final game, despite missing the services of De’Andre Hunter, who will miss several games. Chris Dunn and Cam Reddish have not been available for a long time and are still far from returning.
The Atlanta Hawks last time saw top performances like Bogdan Bogdanovic and Trae Young, as they finished with 23 points each. The former played a key role for the Atlanta Hawks from the bench, and will have to make his contribution again against the LA Lakers
The LA Lakers showed great improvement and have been consistent since the All-Star break. The biggest absence was Anthony Davis, and the Lakers initially fought defensively and had mixed form.
However, LeBron James has looked fruitful in recent games and has been a revelation at the defensive end of the field as well. He is well supported by Dennis Schroder, while Kyle Kuzma has also shown improvement at both ends of the floor.
Atlanta Hawks vs LA Lakers: Predicted squads
The Atlanta Hawks will be careful to change the winning lineup and should stick to the same starting five they had in their last win. De’Andre Hunter’s absence gave Tony Snells a chance to prove his worth, and he should move along with Collins forward.
Trae Young will be looking for a great show, with his team against. The Atlanta Hawks have remained on the surface despite the number of injuries they have faced, and have had a tougher streak of games since Saturday.
The LA Lakers are expected to stick to the same starting 5, with Marc Gasol the latest player whose absence could affect their form. AD is still a long way off, while like Costas Antetokounmpo and Jared Dudley, there are other players the LA Lakers will miss against the Atlanta Hawks.
After the All-Star break, Kyle Kuzma created some of the best basketball he’s played all season.
The Atlanta Hawks – LA Lakers predict the start of 5s
G Trae Young, G Kevin Huerter, F Tony Snell, F John Collins, C Danilo Gallinari
G Dennis Schroder, G Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, F LeBron James, F Markieff Morris, C Damian Jones