The Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State Warriors are scheduled to meet at the Chase Center on Monday night. The Warriors are on a back-to-back after beating the Utah Jazz last night, 131-119. That was quite the effort by the Warriors to win by double digits against the West-leading Jazz. I don’t know if it’s a sign of things to come for the Jazz, but they didn’t look like the best team in the West last night.
Even the best of teams have their off nights, so I wouldn’t be too concerned about the Jazz. However, the Jazz are a team that isn’t going to be able to garner any respect before they go on a deep playoff run. They feel like the Toronto Raptors from a couple of years ago, though that Raptors squad won a championship. There are multiple hurdles that the Jazz must jump over before they reach that milestone.
The Warriors rode the hot hand of Stephen Curry, 32 points, and Andrew Wiggins, 28 points, to a 131-119 win at the Chase Center. The Warriors stay home, but face a tough back-to-back with the Jazz last night and then the Lakers on Monday. A win for the Warriors was a long time coming. They were on a four-game losing streak dating back to February 28. Their most recent win before last night was against the Charlotte Hornets on February 26, 130-121.
They advanced to 20-19 on the season. There have been some incredibly inconsistent teams this season, and I’d put the Warriors right up there with some of them. The Warriors have talent, and can certainly be good, but they’ve been too inconsistent to warrant any type of contender status. That would change if they had Klay Thompson back in the lineup, but that’s not happening this year. Wiggins, who has been one of the more inconsistent players in the league throughout his career, has been Curry’s running mate with Thompson out.
The Lakers know all about missing an important piece to the puzzle. They’ve been operating for a large portion of this season with their anchor. With Anthony Davis injured, it feels like Lebron James in Cleveland all over again minus Kyrie Irving. He’s trying to carry the load, but the Lakers are undermanned without a healthy AD. Having said that, the Lakers have gotten Dennis Schroder back from injury, so that certainly helps. Head below for our free Lakers vs. Warriors pick on March 15, 2021.
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Anthony Davis isn’t the only Laker on the injury report. He’s the biggest name no doubt, but some role players have been popping up on the injury report for the Lakers. Jared Dudley is currently evaluating treatment options after tearing his MCL. While it isn’t as serious, Alex Caruso is dealing with a mild concussion and is listed as OUT for at least the next two games.
Add Marc Gasol to the list of players that are going to be out for the Lakers over at least the next two outings. It’s incredibly frustrating for the Lakers, as they’re down a key cog of the team, and several role players that contribute. The Lakers have had to rely on hustle defense to win games with a lack of firepower in their arsenal. That’s what they did against the Indiana Pacers on Friday. The Lakers escaped with a 105-100 win, as they smothered the Pacers.
Despite the injuries and loss of AD, the Lakers have still been putting in effort defensively. They’re second in the NBA with 106.2 points against per game. Defense has fortunately travelled for the Lakers this season. They’ve conceded 104 points per game on the road. That’s consistent with what the Lakers have allowed in their previous five outings, with 104.2 points allowed per contest.
The Warriors shot the lights out last night against the Jazz, but I could see them cooling down some. It’s hard to keep a high shooting percentage on consecutive nights, especially against a couple of strong defenses. It can be exhausting and wear a team down. The Warriors have recorded 106 points per game in their previous five, so they were struggling mightily before hitting some shots against the Jazz.
If the Warriors can’t stay hot tonight, they can still win this ball game against a depleted Lakers roster. The Lakers’ offense has been stagnant, and even with AD in the lineup, they like to slow the pace down. They’ve scored just 111.2 points per game for 21st in the NBA. The Warriors could certainly win a defensive-minded game. Note that the Dubs are third in the NBA, holding teams to a field goal percentage of 44.4%.
The last seven meetings between the Lakers and Warriors have gone UNDER in five, including four out of the last five in the Bay Area. After the Warriors went wild from the field last night, I can see a different kind of game tonight with the Lakers in town. I am going to point towards the UNDER at the Chase Center on Monday night.