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San Antonio Spurs vs Los Angeles Lakers: Prediction, Key Players, Injuries

By George Middleton
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The San Antonio Spurs take on the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night at the American Airlines Center.

The game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. CT and will be televised on Fox Sports Southwest. The game can also be heard on the radio on WOAI 1200 AM.

The matchup is the third and final matchup of the season. The Spurs beat the Lakers 93-80 at Staples Center on November 14. In the second matchup on December 12th, the Lakers upset the Spurs 112-110 in overtime.

How will the Spurs fare against the Lakers? We take a look at recent history, injuries, and key players to predict the outcome of the game!

Recent Games

San Antonio Spurs

The San Antonio Spurs are 27-17 overall and 15-6 at home. The Spurs are coming off a humiliating performance against the Chicago Bulls on Thursday night. The Spurs lost 104-81, Kawhi Leonard led the Spurs with 17 points.

Los Angeles Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers are 12-31 overall and 6-16 on the road. The Lakers are coming off a 96-80 loss on the road against the New Orleans Pelicans. Jordan Hill led the Lakers with 15 points and 13 rebounds.

Injuries

San Antonio Spurs

Marco Belinelli– Marco Belinelli is out with a left groin injury.

Los Angeles Lakers

Kobe Bryant– Kobe Bryant is day-to-day with a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder. His status is uncertain for Friday’s contest.

Ronnie Price– Ronnie Price (elbow) is listed as probable.

Tarik Black– Tarik Black is doubtful with an ankle injury.

Carlos Boozer– Carlos Boozer (triceps) is probable.

Nick Young– Nick Young is probable with a right sprained thumb.

Players to Watch For Los Angeles Lakers

Nick Young- After a 29 points performance against the Spurs on 6-9 three-pointers, the Spurs will key in on him. Young hit the game-winning three in overtime with seven seconds as well. He is an inconsistent player, but when he is on, he is one scary player! Young is averaging 14.5 points this season.

Jordan Hill- Jordan Hill, like Young is inconsistent, but has been playing terrific basketball as of late. In his last five games, he is averaging 15 points and 9 rebounds. On the season he is averaging 12.4 points and 8 rebounds.

Carlos Boozer- Carlos Boozer is in a slump as of late. He is averaging 6.6 points and 4.6 rebounds in the past five game. This recent slump makes it even more likely that Boozer will break out for a big game and it can come against the Spurs. On the season, he is averaging 12.2 points and 6.9 rebounds.

Prediction

95. 20. . 114. 29

With Kobe Bryant likely missing the game and the Spurs looking to seek revenge after the Lakers beat them, there’s not much reason to believe the Lakers have a chance. Expect the Spurs to give the Lakers a beat down and the starters won’t see more than 25 minutes.

Next: San Antonio Spurs: Midseason Review

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