After winning five out of seven games and showing definite signs of life, the Los Angeles Lakers are back to looking certifiably mediocre. They got trounced on Monday by the Houston Rockets, 135-119, and they will be right back on the court on Tuesday when they visit the Atlanta Hawks.
The Hawks are just 19-27, but they can get hot and put up lots of points, and thus they will not be an easy opponent.
The degree of difficulty will be even higher than it would ordinarily be for L.A., as it will be without Anthony Davis. Davis will sit out this contest due to hip spasms.
Anthony Davis will sit the second night of the back-to-back in Atlanta, per the Lakers pic.twitter.com/jwvCydhphx
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) January 30, 2024
Davis dealt with hip spasms earlier this season, and he seemed to re-aggravate the condition on Saturday in a win over the Golden State Warriors. Despite not being 100%, he played on Monday in Houston, but he had an underwhelming 23 points, seven rebounds and one blocked shot.