Preview: L.A. Lakers At Golden State

When: 10:30 PM  ET, Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Where: Oracle Arena, Oakland, California
Matchup Edge
LAL Edge in: GS
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The Golden State Warriors no longer possess their season-best 14-game winning streak but aim to finish the regular season on a positive note when they host the suddenly hot Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday. Top-seeded Golden State dropped a 105-99 decision to Utah on Monday and figures to limit the minutes of its starters to remain fresh for the postseason.

Los Angeles has ripped off five consecutive victories, including a solid 108-96 win over New Orleans on Tuesday, to leave first-year coach Luke Walton feeling encouraged. "It has been an amazing year so far," Walton told reporters after Tuesday's win. "There have been a lot of ups and downs. It's been a great year with these guys." The Warriors want All-Star forward Kevin Durant (knee) to further his comfort level with his teammates after recently returning from a knee injury, and he produced 16 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in each of his first two games back. "Overall, I felt good on the defensive end, got a few dunks," Durant told reporters after the contest against Utah. "I guess that's the last piece of the puzzle."

TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, Spectrum SportsNet (Los Angeles), CSN Bay Area (Golden State)

ABOUT THE LAKERS (26-55): Los Angeles owns its longest winning streak since notching five straight triumphs to end the 2012-13 season, and the late-season success ended its chances of securing the second overall pick in the draft. Phoenix instead will claim that selection while Los Angeles will finish with the league's third-worst record. The Lakers likely will be without guard D'Angelo Russell for the second straight game as he left the team for Louisville, Ky., after the death of his grandmother.

ABOUT THE WARRIORS (66-15): Durant was sidelined for 19 contests, and the loss to Utah marked the first time he and point guard Stephen Curry played together since Feb. 28. Curry scored 42 points twice this month prior to Durant's return, and that renewed the chatter that the two-time MVP's shot-taking prowess decreases when Durant also is in the lineup. "I mean, it's been a while since we played together, but the flow was there," Curry told reporters of his chemistry with Durant. "It was kind of choppy at first. That's the way Utah kind of slowed the tempo down."

BUZZER BEATERS

1. The Warriors are 2-1 against the Lakers this season and have won 10 of the last 13 meetings.

2. Los Angeles F Metta World Peace - the former Ron Artest - scored 18 points on Tuesday in what likely was his final home appearance as a Laker.

3. Golden State SF Matt Barnes (ankle) will miss his second straight game, while All-Star PF Draymond Green and veteran swingman Andre Iguodala will be rested.

PREDICTION: Warriors 126, Lakers 101

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
L.A. Lakers 26-55 W5 17-24 9-31 1-4 25-51 6-9 16-35
Golden State 66-15 L1 35-5 31-10 8-1 58-14 13-2 41-10

Last Meeting

L.A. Lakers Golden State
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
11/25/16 GS 109 LAL 85 85 45 35.6 109 44 51.8

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
LAL J. Clarkson 20 37.5 4
GS K. Durant 29 57.9 4
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
LAL T. Robinson 10 3 7
GS D. Green 8 0 8
Assists Player  
LAL J. Calderon 6
GS K. Durant 9
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
LAL J. Clarkson 1294 44.2 154
GS S. Curry 2117 47.1 348
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
LAL J. Randle 688 161 527
GS D. Green 635 100 535
Assists Player  
LAL D. Russell 346
GS D. Green 558

Quickchart Matchup

L.A. Lakers  Off vs  Golden State Def
104.7 Points For
104.4 Points Against
45.0 FG%
43.5 FG%
43.6 Reb
43.7 Reb
Golden State Off vs  L.A. Lakers Def
116.0 Points For
111.5 Points Against
49.5 FG%
48.3 FG%
43.7 Reb
44.3 Reb

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

L.A. Lakers Overall Golden State
26-55 W/L 66-15
37-42-2 ATS 39-39-3
44-36-1 O/U 32-49-0
104.7 Pts For 116.0
111.5 Pts Against 104.4
L.A. Lakers A/H Golden State
9-31 W/L 35-5
18-22-0 ATS 20-18-2
21-18-1 O/U 19-21-0
101.8 Pts For 119.1
113.9 Pts Against 103.1
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