Preview: Lakers look to weather Thunder storms

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 19: Nerlens Noel #9 of the Oklahoma City Thunder defends against Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half of a game at Staples Center on November 19, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Your Los Angeles Lakers are the number one seed in the West. Following a win against the Utah Jazz, the Lakers have officially clinched the top spot for the first time since the 2010 season. Anthony Davis led the team with 42 points and absolutely dominated the Jazz on the defensive end. The Lakers are 3-0 this season against the Thunder. One of those wins came without LeBron James, Danny Green, and Davis and was led by two great performances from Rajon Rondo and Kyle Kuzma.

James averaged 24 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 12 assists in his two games against OKC. Davis put up 33.5 points, 9 rebounds, and 5.5 assists during those games.

OKC is led by Chris Paul who is the floor general for a strong supporting cast. They are currently 1-1 while in the bubble. They won their first outing against the Jazz but lost against the Nuggets in overtime. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Danilo Gallinari are two Thunder players to watch out for as they have the potential to get hot. The Thunder will be without the potential sixth man of the year, Dennis Schroder who left the bubble for the birth of his child. Schroder contributed 18.9 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 4.0 assists off the bench.

With the Lakers clinching the top seed in the west, it will be interesting to see how the minute distribution will be for the Lakers. Will they be playing to win? How many minutes will LeBron and AD play?

It will be interesting to see if this game will allow for Markieff Morris to get minutes after he did not play at all against Utah; Morris came to the bubble after the rest of his teammates and has not had as much time to readjust and regain his fitness. There is potential for Talen Horton-Tucker and Devontae Cacok to get some minutes to shake off some rust, as well, although Frank Vogel has insisted he will not change the rotations much despite securing the top seed.

These answers will be answered Wednesday at 3:30 P.M PST. The game will be televised locally on Spectrum SportsNet and nationally on ESPN.

Go Lakers.

Author: Kendrew

The Filipino guy

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