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Los Angeles Lakers vs. Golden State Warriors Predictions and Preview for 7/3/2022

Los Angeles Lakers takes on Golden State Warriors on 7/3/2022 at 06:30 PM.

The Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State Warriors face off in an important game for both teams. Los Angeles Lakers has a record of 33-49 this regular season. Golden State Warriors is 53-29 this regular season. Both have players to meet and know.

Los Angeles Lakers Team Defense Preview




You should not have high expectations considering their defensive efficiency is 113.3, but relatively speaking it is still a rather average defense. This analysis would be woefully incomplete without going into further detail aside from just a defensive efficiency rating.

They are an average team when it comes to the shot quality of their opponents. They are quite average in their ability to keep opponents from scoring at the rim. The defensive lapses yielding dunks, layups, and tip-ins are prevalent.

This is not a team that excels at forcing live ball turnovers. Either the personnel or strategy is not there.

Los Angeles Lakers Team Offense Preview




Their offensive efficiency is 110.3, which makes them a below average offense in the NBA and that means there is room for improvement, but will they actually improve? This analysis would be woefully incomplete without going into further detail aside from just an offensive efficiency rating. They play a pace that is considered faster than average, but this is not a team that is having a track meet.

Their True Shooting Percentage is .567 which is considered to be slightly above average. Their Effective Field Goal Rate is .537, which is considered to be slightly above average. They attempt .388 of their shots from three point range. They take threes less often than many in the NBA. They made .347 of their shots from three point range. They would be considered below average from beyond the arc. They made .732 of their shots from the charity stripe. This is a team that will keep opponents in the game when up with a late narrow lead.

They have an offensive rebounding rate of 21.1% this season. They are a below average rebounding team.

Golden State Warriors Team Defense Preview

They have an elite level defense and fans may not appreciate it because they get so fixated on scoring, dunks, and drama, but this defense is as good as it gets right now. A defensive effiency rating of 106.9 would certainly justify such praise. This analysis would be woefully incomplete without going into further detail aside from just a defensive efficiency rating.

They are doing a great job forcing bad shots from opposing offenses, they are among the leaders in the NBA. Their ability to keep opponents from scoring at the rim is among the best in the NBA. There is an inconsistent effort to keeping opponents from scoring at the rim though.

Nothing will blow you away about their ability to force live ball turnovers.

Golden State Warriors Team Offense Preview


You should not have high expectations considering their offensive efficiency is 112.5, but relatively speaking it is still a slightly above-average offense. Now that we know what the overall offense looks like, it is time to understand why this offense is the way it is. This is a team that is basically of average tempo.

Their True Shooting Percentage is .582 which is considered to be slightly above average. Their Effective Field Goal Rate is .552, which is considered to be above average. They attempt .456 of their shots from three point range. They take three point shots more than many in the NBA. They made .364 of their shots from three point range. They are a slightly above average three point shooting team. They made .769 of their shots from the Free Throw Line. They would be considered below average from the charity stripe.

They have an offensive rebounding rate of 22.8% this season. They are a below average rebounding team.

The Los Angeles Lakers Roster

The Players to Watch for Los Angeles Lakers

Russell Westbrook 6-3 200 PG

He is an important offensive option on this team this season.

There is nothing special regarding his shot selection inside the perimeter. He is not considered a frequent three point shooter. He is a below average three point shooter. He does not do the things he needs to do to get himself to the Free Throw Line consistently. At the Free Throw Line, he is an above average Free Throw shooter.

He sets up his teammates in an above-average fashion. He will be looking to cut down on his turnovers, better decision-making and more alertness on the offensive end should help. He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

Malik Monk 6-3 200 SG

He is an important offensive option on this team this season.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. There is nothing special regarding his shot selection on the perimeter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He is a bit more of a jump shot oriented player so he does not get fouled as much. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

He is an average distributor in this offense. He does not turn it over more or less than anyone. He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

LeBron James 6-9 250 SF

He is a candidate for the All-Star Game this season.

There is nothing special regarding his shot selection inside the perimeter. He is not considered a frequent three point shooter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He does not do the things he needs to do to get himself to the Free Throw Line consistently. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

He sets up his teammates in an above-average fashion. He does not turn it over more or less than anyone. He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

The Golden State Warriors Roster

The Players to Watch for Golden State Warriors

Andrew Wiggins 6-7 197 SF

He is an important offensive option on this team this season.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. He is not considered a frequent three point shooter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He is a bit more of a jump shot oriented player so he does not get fouled as much. At the Free Throw Line, he is an above average Free Throw shooter.

He is a below-average distributor, but this may have a lot to do with offensive role.He has done a better job than most protecting the basketball.He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

Jordan Poole 6-4 194 SG

He is an important offensive option on this team this season.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. There is nothing special regarding his shot selection on the perimeter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He does not do the things he needs to do to get himself to the Free Throw Line consistently. At the Free Throw Line, he is an above average Free Throw shooter.

He is an average distributor in this offense. He does not turn it over more or less than anyone. He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

Stephen Curry 6-2 185 PG

He is a positive impactful starter who makes an impact for this team.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. There is nothing special regarding his shot selection on the perimeter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He is a bit more of a jump shot oriented player so he does not get fouled as much. At the Free Throw Line, he is an above average Free Throw shooter.

He sets up his teammates in an above-average fashion. He does not turn it over more or less than anyone. He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Golden State Warriors Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: Los Angeles Lakers 111 Golden State Warriors 113

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