Los Angeles hosts Brooklyn, looks to stop home skid
Los Angeles; Friday, 10:30 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Los Angeles takes on Brooklyn looking to break its four-game home losing streak.
The Lakers are 18-16 on their home court. Los Angeles is second in the Western Conference with 56.3 points in the paint per game, led by LeBron James averaging 13.7.
The Nets have gone 16-20 away from home. Brooklyn averages 46 rebounds per game and is 25-15 when pulling down more rebounds than opponents. The Nets won the last meeting between these two teams 115-110 on Dec. 18. D’Angelo Russell led Brooklyn to the win with a 22-point performance.
TOP PERFORMERS: James leads the Lakers averaging 2.0 made 3-pointers and scoring 27.5 points per game while shooting 33.9 percent from beyond the arc. JaVale McGee has averaged 7.4 rebounds and added 11.5 points per game over the last 10 games for Los Angeles.
Russell leads the Nets averaging 2.8 made 3-pointers while scoring 20.7 points per game and shooting 36.6 percent from beyond the arc. Jarrett Allen has averaged 6.8 rebounds and added 10.8 points per game over the last 10 games for Brooklyn.
LAST 10 GAMES: Nets: 5-5, averaging 109 points, 45.5 rebounds, 23.2 assists, 7.5 steals and 4.8 blocks per game while shooting 44.6 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 108.4 points on 42.3 percent shooting.
Lakers: 1-9, averaging 108.2 points, 41.5 rebounds, 24.9 assists, seven steals and 4.3 blocks per game while shooting 46.2 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 116.5 points on 48.3 percent shooting.
Lakers Injuries: Brandon Ingram: out for season (deep venous thrombosis (dvt)), Josh Hart: day to day (knee), Lance Stephenson: day to day (toe), Lonzo Ball: out (left ankle), LeBron James: day to day (sore left groin).