After winning five of their previous seven games, the Lakers came out soft and several steps too slow against the Houston Rockets on Monday, Houston badly outclassed them in several key categories, particularly rebounding and fast-break points, and buried them 135-119 to send them to a 24-24 record.
The Lakers are still in ninth place in the Western Conference, but time is rapidly running out for them to make a run and secure a playoff spot, not to mention give themselves any shot at championship contention.
Atlanta has a 19-27 record and is one of the NBA’s worst defensive teams. But it is a dangerous team, as it can put up lots of points and possesses one of the game’s streakiest stars in Trae Young. Young is averaging 27.0 points and 10.8 assists a game this season, and he has had four games with at least 40 points.
How to watch
Here’s when you should tune in to see the game:
Date: Jan. 30, 2024
Time: 4:30 p.m. PT
TV Channel: Spectrum SportsNet
Lakers versus Hawks injury report
Lakers: No injury report has been submitted yet, but Cam Reddish (right ankle sprain) and Gabe Vincent (left knee surgery) missed their last game.
Hawks: De’Andre Hunter (right knee inflammation) and Dejounte Murray (right hamstring tightness) are questionable and Bruno Fernando (left lower back spasms), Mouhamed Gueye (right low back stress fracture) and Vit Krejci (left shoulder subluxation) are out.
Probable starting lineups
The following were the starting lineups for both teams in their last game:
G – D’Angelo Russell
G – Austin Reaves
C – Anthony Davis
F – Taurean Prince
F – LeBron James
G – Trae Young
G – Bogdan Bogdanovic
C – Clint Capela
F – Saddiq Bey
F – Jalen Johnson