LeBron James will take his young Lakers team into Oracle Arena to take on the Golden State Warriors for a Christmas Day showdown. LeBron is no stranger to playing on Christmas, and neither are the defending champion Warriors. This is the first matchup between the Warriors and the LA Lakers this season.
Golden State has won two straight games and four of their last five to get back into first place in the Pacific Division. The Warriors bring a 23-11 record into this game and are 15-3 at Oracle Arena this season. Los Angeles has been much improved this season, and come into this showdown with a 19-14 record. The Lakers trail the Warriors by 3.5 games in the division. Golden State is -9.0 over the Lakers on Christmas Day.
LeBron Loves Putting on Christmas Show
This will be the 13th time that LeBron James has taken the floor on Christmas Day. He has led his teams to an 8-4 record during these games and has a history of putting on a show. “King James” is averaging 26.8 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 6.8 assists in his career when playing on Christmas. You can expect a monster performance from LeBron in his first Christmas Day game in a Los Angeles Lakers uniform.
The Lakers come into this game averaging 112.8 points per game this season, which ranks in the top-10 in the NBA. Power forward Kyle Kuzma has been providing plenty of scoring for the Lakers, pouring in 18.1 points per game this season. Veteran center JaVale McGee is averaging 11.8 points per game, while also blocking 2.8 shots per game. The Lakers are still a few pieces away from contending for a championship, but they can provide matchup problems for their opponents.
Warriors Offense Starting To Click
The Golden State Warriors went through a rough patch in November, but they appear to be back on track. Golden State comes into this contest averaging 116 points per game, which is third in the league. The Warriors are once again the best passing team in the league, dishing out a league-high 27.6 points per game. Once the Warriors get their offense going, they are almost impossible to stop.
Stephen Curry leads the Warriors with 29.2 points per game this season, while also dishing out 5.2 assists per game. Curry has struggled on Christmas Day during his career, averaging just over 11 points per game, and posting a 3-3 record. Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson have combined for 50 points per game in support of Curry, and the Warriors are once again deadly from the three-point line. Expect the Splash Brothers to be sharp in this matchup against the Lakers.
Lakers Lose Close Game
The Warriors have had their struggles in recent years on Christmas Day, and they have to deal with the best player in the NBA this season. LeBron knows that this game will be a great test for his young Lakers team, and you can expect a dominant performance from him. Golden State should get the victory at home, but the Lakers will keep it close. Take the points and bet on the Los Angeles Lakers +9.0 in this showdown against the champs.