Despite having Monta Ellis in the starting 5, the Warriors have not been capable to defeat the Lakers in nearly 3 seasons. not having their star, pulling off that hard to find win becomes an even larger task versus the 2 time reigning NBA champs.
Golden State might be not having one of the NBA's best scorers Wednesday evening as they attempt to prevent a twelfth consecutive defeat to the visiting LAL, who're returning from one of the best efforts in club history.
Putting in a team best 25.2 points, Ellis is a game time determination for this matchup as he comes back from flu-like symptoms. The Warriors stud hasn't skipped a matchup in 2010 - 2011 following resting on the bench 73 of 162 contests during the last 2 years.
Though Ellis was kept to a low for the year 5 points on 2 of 10 shooting during a 117 - 89 defeat at the Lakers on November 21st, & thirteen while going 4 of 19 from the floor in Sunday's 105 - 91 defeat to the Clippers, Golden State ( 15 - 22 ) need to be at 100% strength while attempting to defeat Los Angeles for the 1st occasion since March 23rd, 2008.
The Warriors start a streak of 13 of 14 home court contests by attempting for a 4th straight win at Oracle Arena.
Los Angeles ( 28 - 11 ), however, have put in 124.0 points on 49d.8 % from the floor while winning 5 consecutive at the Warriors dating to a 108 - 106 defeat on December 14th, 2007.
The Warriors put in 101.7 points, however have been kept to 86.0 PPG on 37.8 % from the floor during 2 contests versus Los Angeles this year, both in LA.
Los Angeles demonstrated their defensive power during Tuesday's 112 - 57 beating of the Cavaliers for their finest defensive effort within the shot clock era. The Cavs point total was a record low by a Lakers' competitor.
Los Angeles kept the sluggish Cavs to 29.9 % from the floor, which includes 1 for 14 from beyond the arc, while putting up the 3rd largest Margin of victory since the team relocated to LA.
Competitors have put in 40.3 % & put in 83.8 points within LA's present 5 game winning stretch.
Kobe put in thirteen points within twenty-four minutes & Pau Gasol put in thirteen with fourteen boards for Los Angeles on Tuesday.
Kobe has put in 30.2 points in his previous twenty contests versus Golden State. Gasol, at the same time, put in 27.0 points & 11.0 rebounds in the last 2 matchups with the Warriors.
Golden State's Dorell Wright put in twenty-seven versus the Clippers, & is putting in 23.0 on 52.3 % from the floor his previous 8 contests.