✍️ Divyansh Kumar
🗓️ May 3, 2023
The Battle of the Titans: Lakers & Warriors with LeBron and Steph Leading the Charge!
On Wednesday morning, the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Lakers will kick off their best-of-seven series. The Warriors, led by Stephen Curry, secured a first-round victory against the Sacramento Kings and will host Game 1 at the Chase Center. After defeating the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round. The Lakers, powered by LeBron James and Anthony Davis, advanced to the second round of the 2023 NBA playoffs. Although the Lakers won the regular season series against the Warriors 3-1. Only one game featured both James and Curry.
Get ready for an epic matchup between two of the most successful NBA franchises. The Los Angeles Lakers and the Golden State Warriors. Lakers vs Warriors faced each other in their playoffs for the first time since 1991. The stakes are high as they battle it out in a second-round playoff series in San Francisco on Tuesday night.
The Warriors have the home-court advantage in this best-of-seven series. Meanwhile the Lakers will have the advantage of being better rested as they fight for the chance to take on either the Denver Nuggets or the Phoenix Suns in the Western Conference finals.
A great comeback
Despite a tough regular season, the Lakers managed to win three out of four games against the Warriors in the season series. One of their victories came on February 23rd in San Francisco, where Golden State’s star player Stephen Curry was sidelined due to a leg injury. It’s sure to be an exciting showdown between these two powerhouse teams, so buckle up!
The Golden State Warriors are known for their 3-point shooting. But, there’s a question of whether they’ll need to play Kevon Looney and Draymond Green together often. If they go small with Green at the centre to defend against Anthony Davis, Andrew Wiggins may struggle to guard LeBron James. This giving the Lakers the upper hand on the boards.
While Austin Reaves has done well defending against Desmond Bane of the Memphis Grizzlies. It remains to be seen how he’ll fare against Stephen Curry. With no one on the bench besides Dennis Schröder capable of that assignment, Jarred Vanderbilt may not be a good fit to defend against Curry.
The Lakers will have an advantage with two extra days of rest. The Warriors are coming off an exhausting seven-game series. A letdown by the Warriors wouldn’t be surprising.
It’s tough to predict the outcome of the series, but it’s hard to bet against the Warriors. With only one day between games, there’s a concern about how LeBron James will hold up if he has to carry a heavy offensive load.
Jordan Poole may be a good buy-low player to target in the prop market. Although he struggled against the Kings, he’s an electric offensive player. He could have an advantage against D’Angelo Russell. However, he’ll need to be targeted by LeBron James when he’s on the floor.
Where and when to watch the game in India?
In India, Sports18 will be airing some of the games from the NBA Playoffs series between the Warriors and the Lakers, but not Game 1. However, select games will be available for live streaming on the JioCinema app, except for Game 1.
Alternatively, the entire series can be watched on NBA.com by purchasing an NBA League Pass.
The NBA playoffs are heating up with a highly anticipated matchup between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Golden State Warriors. Led by superstars LeBron James and Anthony Davis, the Lakers will face off against Stephen Curry and the Warriors in a second-round playoff series. Although the Lakers won three out of four games against the Warriors in the regular season. Anything can happen in the playoffs. As a Laker fan personally, I’m excited to see who will come out on top in this epic battle between two powerhouse teams.
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