Lakers vs Pistons Preview: Bounce Back Opportunity Against Rebuilding Team; Cam Reddish Returns
Los Angeles Lakers have a chance to win against Detroit Pistons, but need to start strong and take care of business.
Wednesday afternoon presents a golden opportunity for the Los Angeles Lakers to secure a victory against the struggling Detroit Pistons, who are currently on a 14-game losing streak.
The Lakers find themselves halfway through a four-game road trip, currently holding a 1-1 record after suffering a devastating 44-point loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. This loss ranks as one of the worst in franchise history.
This game marks the first night of a back-to-back for the Lakers, making it crucial for them to handle their business early and conserve energy for their upcoming game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday, which will conclude their road trip.
Throughout this road trip, the Lakers have been dealing with a shortage of players, relying on an eight-man rotation. However, one player is set to make a return for this matchup. Cam Reddish, who has been sidelined for the past three games due to left groin soreness, is listed as probable and ready to reclaim his starting position. Unfortunately, Rui Hachimura, Jarred Vanderbilt, and Gabe Vincent remain sidelined as they recover from their respective injuries.
Despite their injuries, the Lakers' star players, Anthony Davis and LeBron James, are expected to play. James is managing a left calf contusion, while Davis is dealing with a left adductor injury. With any luck, this game will provide an opportunity for both players to rest if the Lakers can secure an early victory.
The Pistons, currently holding a 2-15 record, with only one win at home, present an opportunity for the Lakers to secure a much-needed win. However, the Pistons still possess young talent in Cade Cunningham, Ausar Thompson, and Jalen Duren, along with other promising players. It is crucial for the Lakers to prevent the Pistons from gaining confidence, as this could lead to a more challenging game than anticipated.
LeBron James and Anthony Davis are expected to assert themselves early in the game, especially Davis, who typically ignites the Lakers' offense. With Reddish returning, he will have the task of containing Cunningham, the Pistons' key player. The Lakers' performance in the first quarter will likely reveal their level of determination and care for securing an early victory.
The Lakers will need to start the game strong, despite not being accustomed to quick starts. This is essential, as they will face an explosive Thunder team in their next game on Thursday.
Key Reserves: Austin Reaves, Christian Wood, Jaxson Hayes, Max Christie
Key Reserves: Alec Burks, Killian Hayes, Marcus Sasser, Isaiah Livers, James Wiseman