The Los Angeles Lakers will be playing against the Golden State Warriors in the second round of the Western Conference playoffs. NBA fans will certainly be aware of the ongoing situation in the postseason. Led by LeBron James and Anthony Davis, the Lakers managed to eliminate the 2nd seeded Memphis Grizzlies within 6 games.
On the other hand, Stephen Curry and the Warriors struggled against the Sacramento Kings and took 7 games to eliminate them. Nonetheless, they managed to do so and moved on to face the Lakers.
As both these teams get ready to play Game 1 of a much-anticipated matchup, fans should certainly want to know the injury reports, expected rosters, and predicitions for this game.
LeBron James is listed as probable for Game 1 of Los Angeles Lakers vs Golden State Warriors
Unfortunately for Lakers fans, LeBron doesn’t look completely healthy for this match. According to the injury reports, his right foot soreness is still an issue and preventing him from being at full strength. Some fans might remember that this was the same injury that caused him to miss several games during the final stretch of the regular season.
In any case, if King James does not play very well due to this injury, the rest of his squad will have to step up and play well if they look to steal a game from the defending champions. With that being said, here are the injury reports and expected rosters for Game 1.
Los Angeles Lakers injury report
- Mo Bamba (questionable)
- LeBron James (probable)
- Anthony Davis (probable)
Los Angeles Lakers expected roster
- D’Angelo Russell
- Austin Reaves
- Rui Hachimura
- LeBron James
- Anthony Davis
Golden State Warriors injury report
- Andre Iguodala (out)
- Ryan Rollins (out)
- Patrick Baldwin Jr (questionable)
Golden State Warriors expected roster
- Stephen Curry
- Klay Thompson
- Andrew Wiggins
- Draymond Green
- Kevon Looney
Although both LeBron and AD are listed on the injury report, they are still expected to play in this important game for the Lakers. Now, let us take a look at the expert predicitions for this game.
The Warriors are favored over the Lakers in Game 1
There is no denying that the Lakers have been playing very well after the NBA trade deadline. However, their next opponents are the defending champions. Led by an impressive 50-point performance by Stephen Curry, the Warriors managed to make it into the second round.
While the Lakers certainly have more size and defensively oriented players, the Warriors have more reliable offensive scoring options. Moreover, GSW will have the fans on their side and are considered much stronger when playing at home. Therefore, we have them winning tonight.