Preview: Lakers hope to end losing spell against the Wizards

Following a game that saw the young Lakers team nearly come back from a 22-point deficit, they face another stiff test against the Washington Wizards. The Wizards are just coming off a victory against the Denver Nuggets that saw a balanced effort from the starters as they all contributed double-digit points. Following a game that featured one of the league’s best frontcourts, the Lakers are going to have to go against one of the league’s best backcourts in John Wall and Bradley Beal.

The Lakers will be looking to see if their backcourt can build up from a strong showing on Sunday. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will be making his second start for the purple and gold as he had 20 points on a very efficient 7 of 11 shooting. Despite Lonzo having a bit of inconsistency in scoring, the rookie is showing that he can contribute by crashing the boards and dishing out assists, posting up good numbers in his first 3 games of his young NBA career.

Julius Randle had what I considered his best game of the season after being moved to the bench, as part of the lineup that sparked the comeback. We’ll be on the lookout to see if he is able to build up from this performance.

THINGS TO WATCH FOR:

  • Wall-Star and Sexual Bealing: As I mentioned prior, the Wizards have a very good backcourt. They’re both currently averaging more than 20 points per game and will be sure to provide the Lakers defense (if you can call it that) with a lot of problems. Wall is a terror in transition due to his speed and athleticism and Beal is a great scorer with a nice shooting stroke. Although their entire starting lineup is good enough to contribute with the likes of Otto Porter and Marcin Gortat, these two will be sure to lead the charge.
  • Bench Mob: Jordan Clarkson is currently leading the Lakers in scoring with 19.7 points per game off the bench. He has provided the team with scoring throughout the first three games of the season and was arguably the best Laker on Sunday. Julius Randle and Kyle Kuzma looked like a formidable frontcourt pairing as well as they each did what they could to help bring back Los Angeles into the game. The Wizards, however, are desperately thin past their starting five as Jason Smith got hurt and Kelly Oubre Jr was inserted into that lineup. Former Laker Jodie Meeks, Tim Frazier, Ian Mahinmi are on the Wizards bench and I’m really hoping the Los Angeles bench came come out strong. If the entire team can whether the Wizards’ starting 5, maybe they have the slightest chance at a victory.

INJURY REPORT:

  • WIZARDS:
    • Jason Smith (Shoulder): Day to Day
    • Sheldon Mac (Leg): Out Indefinitely
    • Markieff Morris (groin): Out until November

WHERE TO WATCH:

Los Angeles Lakers vs Washington Wizards
October 25, 7:30 PM (PST)
Spectrum Sportsnet and ESPN

 

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