Preview: San Antonio At L.A. Lakers

When: 3:30 PM  ET, Sunday, February 26, 2017
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Matchup Edge
SA Edge in: LAL
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The San Antonio Spurs wrap up a run of eight straight road games that spanned the All-Star break when they visit the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday afternoon. The Spurs opened the long stretch away from home with an ugly loss at Memphis on Feb. 6, but they have won five of the last six and three straight, including Friday's 105-97 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center.

"We're coming down to our last 20 games," All-Star forward Kawhi Leonard told reporters. "This is the time we need to jell as a team, make our playoff push, make our weaknesses strong." Weaknesses are seemingly few for San Antonio, which has held opponents to 94.3 points during the road stretch and gets to play 16 of its final 24 games at home beginning Wednesday, including two against Western Conference-leading Golden State, which led the Spurs by four games entering Saturday. The Lakers have lost three in a row, the first by a point and the next two by a combined 53. D'Angelo Russell scored 29 points while his fellow starters combined for 27 in Friday's 110-93 loss at Oklahoma City.

TV: 3:30 p.m. ET, FSN Southwest (San Antonio), Spectrum SportsNet (Los Angeles)

ABOUT THE SPURS (44-13): Center Pau Gasol returned from a 15-game layoff due to a finger injury and showed little rust in the win over the Clippers, producing 17 points and 11 rebounds in 27 minutes off the bench. "For the most part, (I conditioned) as much as I could," Gasol told reporters. "It's nothing like playing a game at the end of the day, because of the adrenaline and every other factor that goes into it. But I worked really, really hard to be in a good place." Leonard scored 31 points and Gasol added 22 on 9-of-9 shooting in a 40-point win over the Lakers at home Jan. 12 in the Spurs' most lopsided victory of the season.

ABOUT THE LAKERS (19-40): Guard Nick Young figures to be relied upon a bit more to score now that leading scorer Lou Williams has been traded to Houston, but Young continued to slump in his first game out of the break. He shot 1-for-9 in the loss to the Thunder and is averaging six points - less than half his season average - while shooting 6-for-29 during the three-game losing streak. Newcomer Corey Brewer, obtained in the Williams deal, had two points in four minutes in his debut for Los Angeles.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. San Antonio has won seven straight meetings and six in a row at the Staples Center.

2. Lakers F Julius Randle has recorded consecutive double-doubles after going 16 straight games without one.

3. The Spurs shot a season-high 60.5 percent from the field in the previous matchup.

PREDICTION: Spurs 106, Lakers 98

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
San Antonio 44-13 W3 19-6 25-6 2-2 42-11 6-4 23-8
L.A. Lakers 19-40 L3 12-14 7-26 0-2 19-38 4-7 9-26

Last Meeting

San Antonio L.A. Lakers
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
1/12/17 LAL 94 SA 134 134 46 60.5 94 29 41.2

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
SA K. Leonard 31 76.9 8
LAL J. Randle 22 61.5 6
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
SA D. Dedmon 12 3 9
LAL J. Randle 6 0 6
Assists Player  
SA P. Gasol 6
LAL J. Randle 5
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
SA K. Leonard 1417 48.7 368
LAL J. Clarkson 912 44.5 106
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
SA L. Aldridge 409 126 283
LAL J. Randle 474 105 369
Assists Player  
SA T. Parker 224
LAL D. Russell 247

Quickchart Matchup

San Antonio  Off vs  L.A. Lakers Def
106.7 Points For
110.7 Points Against
47.4 FG%
47.9 FG%
43.9 Reb
44.8 Reb
L.A. Lakers Off vs  San Antonio Def
104.3 Points For
98.3 Points Against
44.3 FG%
44.2 FG%
44.8 Reb
40.9 Reb

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

San Antonio Overall L.A. Lakers
44-13 W/L 19-40
32-24-1 ATS 27-31-1
32-25-0 O/U 32-26-1
106.7 Pts For 104.3
98.3 Pts Against 110.7
San Antonio A/H L.A. Lakers
25-6 W/L 12-14
18-12-1 ATS 12-13-1
16-15-0 O/U 16-10-0
106.3 Pts For 108.7
98.8 Pts Against 107.9