NBA Game Preview: Lakers vs. Knicks - Starting Lineups and Depth Charts

Lakers defy expectations with impressive recent wins.

by Nouman Rasool
NBA Game Preview: Lakers vs. Knicks - Starting Lineups and Depth Charts
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Tonight's highly-anticipated NBA showdown at Madison Square Garden sees the Los Angeles Lakers clashing with the New York Knicks, with the game commencing at 8:30 p.m. ET. This marks their second encounter of the season, the first being a tightly contested game at Arena in Los Angeles on December 19, 2023, where the Knicks triumphed 114-109.

Lakers' Recent Performance

Currently positioned ninth in the Western Conference, the Lakers hold a balanced 25-25 record. They have shown resilience, securing victories in six of their last 10 games. Their most recent triumph was a notable 114-105 victory over the Boston Celtics, who lead the league with a 37-12 record, a feat achieved in the absence of stars LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

The Knicks, enjoying a strong season, sit comfortably in third in the Eastern Conference with a 32-17 record. They have been on a formidable run, currently enjoying a league-leading nine-game winning streak, showcasing their depth and versatility.

Injury updates reveal a challenging scenario for both teams. The Lakers' injury list includes key players like Anthony Davis (Achilles) and LeBron James (Ankle), both listed as questionable, and others like Cam Reddish, Jarred Vanderbilt, and Gabe Vincent confirmed out.

The Knicks are not without their troubles, with OG Anunoby and Duane Washington's participation uncertain, and Julius Randle, Mitchell Robinson, and Quentin Grimes sidelined. The probable starting lineups reflect these challenges.

The Lakers are expected to open with D'Angelo Russell, Austin Reaves, Taurean Prince, LeBron James, and Anthony Davis, while the Knicks' likely starters are Jalen Brunson, Donte DiVincenzo, Josh Hart, Precious Achiuwa, and Isaiah Hartenstein.

However, injuries could force adjustments. A key aspect of this matchup will be the Lakers' perimeter defense against the Knicks' 3-point shooting. The Knicks, ranked 11th in the league with a 37.1% success rate from beyond the arc, have experienced a dip in their shooting efficiency, partly due to key injuries.

The Lakers, who have struggled with defending the perimeter, will likely focus more on guarding the perimeter and challenging the Knicks to find success inside the arc.

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