Preview: Lakers open New Year against Spurs

SAN ANTONIO, TX – NOVEMBER 25: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers handles the ball against the San Antonio Spurs on November 25, 2019 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. 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. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photos by Darren Carroll/NBAE via Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Lakers step into 2021 looking to replicate last year’s success. On a baseball-style series road trip, the San Antonio Spurs await again. Wednesday’s matchup resulted in a 121-107 win. The Lakers got a W for LeBron James’ birthday.

Dennis Schröder continued his strong tenure with 21 points and four assists. Wesley Matthews also found his footing by hitting all six of his three-pointers to end with 18.

In Friday’s game, the Lakers will need to keep their long-range shooting going. They finished at 53.8 percent on Wednesday. However, the Lakers also had 17 turnovers. Taking care of the ball must be a high priority to capture another win.

Anthony Davis was a little quiet, after being extremely quiet on Monday against the Trail Blazers. He had 20 points and eight rebounds in Wednesday’s game against the Spurs. It could be the early season drag to explain his game currently. It can’t be stressed enough that the Lakers’ turnaround between the 2020 NBA Finals and now was short. Tonight he has a chance to put a signature game together against a short-handed Spurs team as they will be without LaMarcus Aldridge again, giving Davis an advantage against a short-handed Spurs frontcourt.

However, it should be noted that Derrick White is available for the Spurs for the first time this evening, as the exciting and young Spurs guard could give the Lakers’ backcourt some problems.

Tip-off is scheduled for 5 PM PST/8 PM EST.

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