This is not to say that either of these teams didn’t have any competition within their conference, they were just expected to prevail over any intraconference threat regardless of injuries or unforeseen circumstances. Heading into the 2021-22 season, the Lakers and Nets are giving off a similar aura.
Will the Lakers and nets be forced into the play-in tournament?
And thanks to injuries, underperformance, and unfortunate trades, both the Lakers (currently in the West’s no. 9 spot, with a negative point differential and Anthony Davis injured) and Nets (the East’s no. 8 seed, with a point differential of precisely zero and Kevin Durant injured) are heavy favorites to be forced into the play-in tournament.
Are the Nets healthier than the Lakers right now?
The Nets have been cycling players on and off of the court all season. In that sense, this is like any other game for them. The Lakers are simply healthier right now.
Do the nets have more upside than the Lakers?
The Nets, for comparison, have more upside potential because of both a more talented roster and a more crowded Eastern Conference race. (The Lakers are six games back of the no. 6 seed; the Nets, just 2.5.)
What time does the Lakers game with the Nets start?
The Lakers and Nets will tip-off at 4:30 p.m. PT. The game will be televised locally on Spectrum SportsNet, and nationally on TNT. For more Lakers talk, subscribe to the Silver Screen and Roll podcast feed on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher or Google Podcasts.
What division are the Nets in?
Atlantic DivisionBrooklyn Nets / DivisionThe Atlantic Division is one of the three divisions in the Eastern Conference of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The division consists of five teams, the Boston Celtics, the Brooklyn Nets, the New York Knicks, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Toronto Raptors. Wikipedia
What place are the Lakers in the Western Conference?
11thThe Los Angeles Lakers finished 11th in the Western Conference in 2021-22 with a record of 33-49.
What teams are in the West Coast conference NBA?
Ranking the NBA’s Western Conference teams01 Ranking the NBA’s Western Conference teams. 1 / 16. … 02 15. Los Angeles Lakers. … 03 14. Sacramento Kings. … 04 13. Denver Nuggets. … 05 12. New Orleans. … 06 11. Phoenix. … 07 10. Houston. … 08 9. Minnesota.More items…
What division are the Lakers in?
Pacific DivisionLos Angeles Lakers / DivisionThe Pacific Division is one of the three divisions in the Western Conference of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The division consists of five teams, the Golden State Warriors, the Los Angeles Clippers, the Los Angeles Lakers, the Phoenix Suns and the Sacramento Kings. Wikipedia
What place are the Lakers in in the NBA?
11WESTERN CONFERENCEWESTERN CONFERENCECONF9Clippers26-2610Spurs24-2811Lakers18-3412Kings20-3211 more rows
Which conference is better in the NBA?
The Western Conference is just plain better than the Eastern Conference in the NBA. The West is deeper, stronger and has better athletes than its Eastern counterpart.
Why are there 2 conferences in the NBA?
In an effort to create a more compelling and equitable league, the NBA created divisions as a subclass within the conference system. As there are two conferences, the Eastern and Western, consisting of 15 franchise teams, those 15 teams are further divided into equal divisions of 5 teams apiece.
What are the 6 NBA divisions?
We decided to rank all six NBA divisions in terms of difficulty, with one clearly terrifying group and one that is not exactly inspiring fear in opponents.Pacific Division. Los Angeles Lakers. … Atlantic Division. Philadelphia 76ers. … Northwest Division. Denver Nuggets. … Southwest Division. … Central Division. … Southeast Division.
What are the two NBA conferences?
The Western Conference is one of two conferences that make up the National Basketball Association (NBA), the other being the Eastern Conference.
What teams are in the Southwest division?
Dallas MavericksMemphis GrizzliesSan Antonio SpursNew Orleans PelicansHouston RocketsSouthwest Division/Teams
How many teams are in the Eastern Conference?
15 teamsThe Eastern Conference is one of two conferences that make up the National Basketball Association (NBA), the other being the Western Conference. Both conferences consist of 15 teams organized into three divisions.
What are the 4 NBA teams in California?
NBA Teams in California by CityClippers of Los Angeles.Lakers of Los Angeles.Golden State Warriors of Oakland.Kings of Sacramento.
Los Angeles Lakers
For a third straight offseason, since signing LeBron James in the summer of 2018, the Lakers were one of the most active teams in the offseason.
The Nets were stacked in the 2020-21 season but injuries played spoiler and didn’t allow them to legitimately contend for the championship.
Los Angeles Lakers
Over the past couple of decades, the Western Conference has been the stronger and deeper conference. However, for the upcoming 2021-22 season, long-term injuries to key players on potential title contenders like Jamal Murray (Denver Nuggets), Kawhi Leonard (LA Clippers) and Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors) has shallowed the pool.
In the East, which seems to be a lot deeper this season, I believe the Nets have two legitimate competitors in the Miami Heat and the reigning NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks.
Takeaways from what turned into an exciting Christmas matchup
While there were plenty of stars missing from Saturday night’s matchup between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Brooklyn Nets, the players who did take the floor put on quite a show. After falling behind by as many as 23 points during the fourth quarter, the Lakers made a furious late rally to even things up in the final minute of regulation.
1. Christmas stars
No Kevin Durant? No Anthony Davis? No Kyrie Irving? That didn’t stop Saturday’s matchup from being a star-studded affair, as Harden and James went back and forth displaying why they’re perennial All-Stars and former MVPs.
2. Rough night for Russ
One star that didn’t quite live up to his billing was Russell Westbrook. The box score will tell you he had a triple-double (13 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists), which may seem like a good game until you realize he was 4-for-20 from the field and finished as a team-worst minus-23.
3. Claxton drops the hammer
There were a ton of huge shots down the stretch of this game, but none was bigger than Nic Claxton’s and-one dunk with just over 40 seconds left to give the Nets a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
4. Brooklyn’s support system
Harden and Mills were fantastic, but the Nets couldn’t have won without huge performances from the supporting cast.
5. Lakers’ defensive struggles continue
The furious late comeback was great and all, but it doesn’t disguise the fact that the Lakers were absolutely dreadful defensively — again — for the first three quarters of the game, when they allowed 102 points to the Nets.
FINAL – NETS 122, LAKERS 115
looks like the Nets will hang on despite the furious comeback attempt from the Lakers … big win for Brooklyn and a tough one to swallow for the Lakers
Neither the Lakers nor the Nets are at full strength
Is it the NBA Finals preview we were promised when the NBA schedule was set? Unfortunately … no. The Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets were decimated even before the league’s recent COVID-19 outbreak robbed them of several key players. Anthony Davis is injured. Kyrie Irving is working his way back onto the floor.
Lakers: Let’s not beat around the bush here: The Lakers have been a colossal disappointment thus far this season. That doesn’t mean they won’t turn things around, but they need significantly more from their supporting cast than they’ve gotten. LeBron can only do so much. That’s what’s made this recent stretch of games so interesting for the Lakers.
The Lakers are simply healthier right now. Health is relative in the COVID era, of course, but until we have a better sense of who will be on the court for the Nets, the Lakers should be considered favorites simply because LeBron James will likely play assuming his ankle is OK after the scare against Phoenix.
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The Western Playoff Picture Is Much More settled.
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