the Los Angeles Lakers will play game six of their six-game trip when they travel to Cleveland to play the Cavaliers.
Lakers vs. Cavaliers
With a 10-12 record and a historically poor start to the season, the Lakers are now sitting in 12th place in the Eastern Conference.
The Lake Show, however, has improved significantly as evidenced by their recent streak of three victories and eight victories in ten games.
With a record of 15-9 and a strong start to the season, the Cavaliers enter this contest in third place in the Eastern Conference.
Cleveland recently suffered a discouraging loss to the Knicks, a contest in which it displayed some vulnerability.
After their performance last season and at the start of this one, the Lakers are suddenly appearing to be an unstoppable force.
The Lakers started off incredibly slowly, dropping 10 of their first 12 games. The Lakers’ performance in those 12 games saw them finish dead last in the NBA in terms of offensive rating (104.2), and their defensive rating (111.6) during that same span didn’t help matters either.
But in a remarkable turn of events, the Lakers have won eight of their last ten games.
L.A. is averaging 122.6 points per game in those ten games, which is second in the NBA only to the Kings.
Los Angeles has significantly improved its performance from behind the arc. They were shooting a league-worst 30% from outside the arc in their first 12 games of the season, but in their final 10 games, they have found their shooting touch and are shooting 37.1%.
Anthony Davis has clearly thrust himself into the early MVP conversation, so the Lakers can also thank him for their current momentum.
In his last nine games, Davis has averaged 35.3 points and 15.6 rebounds while shooting 64.8%, including 55 points and 17 rebounds against Washington on Sunday.
Although they have started the season as one of the NBA’s top teams, their most recent performance against the Knicks offers cause for concern.
The Cavaliers’ 81 total points in that contest set a new season low for the squad. In a dismal showing, they shot 23% from outside the arc and 35% from the field overall.
The fact that Cleveland played some solid defence in that game, as has been the case for this team lately, is the one positive to take away from it.
The Cavaliers’ Defensive Rating in their most recent four games was 99.2, the highest in the NBA during that time period.