The Los Angeles Lakers take on the Detroit Pistons in their continued road trip in the Eastern Conference. The Lakers just got handed their first defeat on the road by the Philadelphia 76ers. It was a close game between two MVP contenders in LeBron James and Joel Embiid. However, the Lakers have been in sublime form this season, and have one of the best records in the NBA.
The Detroit Pistons, on the other hand, have been polar opposites this year. They currently have a 4-14 record, one of the worst in the NBA so far. Veteran players like Derrick Rose and Blake Griffin have played well, but not enough to overcome their opponents. The Pistons are currently on track to miss the playoffs again.
With that in mind, take a look at the Lakers in Detroit tonight.
Los Angeles Lakers – Team News
Currently, the Lakers have most of their key players fit. Only Kostas Antetokounmpo and Jared Dudley are out due to injuries. But they rarely get minutes when healthy. LeBron James and Anthony Davis are back to full fitness and beginning to find their form, with both players dropping 30+ points recently.
Predicted Lineup: Dennis Schroder, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Marc Gasol
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Detroit Pistons – Team News
The Pistons will be without star rookie Killian Hayes. He has been ruled out with a hip injury for the next few months. On the other hand, veteran players like Rose, Griffin, and Jerami Grant are still active and ready to go for the Pistons. They can rely on their bench to provide alternative options.
Predicted Lineup: Delon Wright, Wayne Ellington, Saddiq Bey, Jerami Grant, Mason Plumlee
Los Angeles Lakers vs Detroit Pistons – Prediction
The Lakers have been in spectacular form this season. Despite coming into the game off the back of a loss, they will be motivated and feel ready to win. The Pistons have not shown themselves to be a credible threat to any team, as the franchise continues to transition into a rebuild.
Prediction: The LA Lakers defeat the Pistons thanks to LeBron James and Anthony Davis putting on a show.
Can the Pistons upset the Lakers? Given how they have been playing recently, there is no reason to believe in this prospect. However, anything can happen in the NBA, and on any given day, upsets can occur. But the Pistons will have to play their best basketball to get past the reigning NBA champions.
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