The Los Angeles Lakers have not looked good during their time in Orlando. Defensively, things have been fine. Offensively, the Lakers are *checks notes* dead last in several categories. These categories include scoring, offensive efficiency, field goal percentage, and 3-point percentage. We will see if these struggles carry on against the Indiana Pacers.
The Pacers join the Raptors as the only teams that the Lakers have not been able to beat this season. In the one game they played so far, the Pacers won 105-102. The Pacers were led by Domantas Sabonis who had 26 points and 10 rebounds. Since “The Bubble” started, the Pacers have been led by a different player, T.J. Warren. Warren was acquired in a salary dump from Phoenix and he has looked fantastic, averaging 33.8 points per game since July 30. Unfortunately, he is listed as questionable.
LeBron James and Alex Caruso also make the injury report for the game after missing the last game against the Rockets. Anthony Davis is listed as probable as of Friday night.
With the playoffs coming in two weeks, one has to wonder if the Lakers will be resting Davis and James which leaves room for experimentation. It looks like Talen Horton-Tucker may be receiving some more minutes. He received some non-garbage time minutes against Houston, and although he is raw, the talent is present.
Maybe this game will showcase better shooting from the Lakers. “Sharpshooter” Danny Green has struggled since the restart occurred. It will be interesting to see if Markieff Morris will get more playing time as his ability to play with Davis may be vital to playoff success. This would allow Davis to play more at the center position as both JaVale McGee and Dwight Howard have been less than stellar.