Basketball is finally returning on July 31 with a 22 team load out! The NBA’s board of governors confirmed on June 4 that the season would be resuming with an 8 game stretch to decide playoff seeding for the teams. All teams, including the Lakers, will be playing in Orlando during this stretch.
The Lakers look to start their cruise to playoff contention with a game against the Houston Rockets, followed by the Denver Nuggets, then on to two straight games against the Utah Jazz. The Lakers will then face off against the Toronto Raptors and end their stretch against the Wizards, Pacers and Kings.
LeBron James is the name on every Laker fan’s mind moving into the rest of this strange season. Out of the 12 games that the Lakers faced off against these teams, LeBron only missed one. The Lakers went 1-1 against the Rockets, 2-1 against the Nuggets, 2-0 against the Jazz, 0-1 against the Raptors, 1-0 against the Wizards, 0-1 against the Pacers and 2-0 against the Kings. This left the Lakers with an overall record of 8-4 against their opponents for playoff position.
LeBron Versus These Teams
Over the course of these 11 games LeBron competed in, he averaged 25.5 points per game, 11.7 assists per game and 7.5 rebounds per game with three different triple doubles against the Nuggets, Raptors and Kings. If you don’t like that, you don’t like NBA basketball.
I can see the Lakers managing from 10 to all 12 wins during this stint, with the Rockets, Raptors and Nuggets being the only real threat. With the lack of size on the Rockets roster, I expect Anthony Davis and Dwight Howard to have big games, while LeBron is padding those assist numbers like he was during the season, averaging 13.5 assists in the two contests against Houston.
Playoff ‘Bron is back, baby, and we’re about to see what this legend has in store.