The Los Angeles Lakers are back to their losing terms missing their star player, LeBron James, and Anthony Davis. In the game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Lakers lost due to the unavailability of center Davis. The 29-year-old suffers from the non-covid illness that has kept him on the sidelines of this away trip. However, without his presence, the team has crumbled against the league\’s top sides. It looks like the Lakers will have a hard time finishing the rest of the trip, as LeBron also sits out because of his severe ankle injury.
Lakers LeBron James Is Probable For The Friday Night Showdown
LeBron James and Anthony Davis took the sidelines in the game against the Toronto Raptors. Even Patrick Beverley missed the Wednesday game due to his right knee soreness. And then there are Wenyen Gabriel and Juan Toscano Anderson, who are out for two weeks straight following their shoulder and ankle injury. But after taking two losses, the Lakers will need their best performers to lead them to victory. If the Lakers wish to become the playoff contenders, they will need to improve in the last three games of the away trip.
According to the sources, both James and Davis are probable to join forces with the team to counter Philadelphia on Friday. After two consecutive losses, the Lakers are 10-14 in the league. Meanwhile, the 76ers are equal with their losses and win 12-12 in the league. If the Lakers need four wins, as Davis stated before heading on the road, they will need their star players. But for now, the stats of their availability remains hazy,
Anthony Davis Vs. Joel Embiid On Friday Night
The Friday clash is a game between the teams who have had a rough start to the 2022 NBA season, i.e., the Lakers & 76ers. However, the fans are excited to see a clash between Davis and Joel Embiid, who are currently the best in the league. Statistically, both have produced similar performances against each other every time they met on the court. Meanwhile, Davis is averaging 27.3 points, 112.3 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks with 59% shooting. On the other hand, Embiid playing at an MVP level is producing 31.9 points, 9.6 rebounds, 4.9 assists with 51% shooting.
Despite having the best performers in their teams, LA and the 76ers suffer because of their mediocre offense. Both teams depend on their best players for the wins, and the game on Friday will be more of an individual effort than a collective one on the court. The Lakers have still not improved on their shooting, as they only made 13 out of 69 three-pointers in the last two games. If Hollywood wants to increase their chances of a better season this year, it will need long-range shooting.