After winning two consecutive games, the
New York is coming off an impressive win over the
The Knicks have struggled for consistency this season, dealing with injuries and ragged play. Before its win Friday, New York had lost five in a row.
Meanwhile, the Lakers have managed to cut down their turnovers of late, but have had little to offer on defense.
Once again, the Lakers will play without
The Knicks will be without big men
Anthony is still one of the league's top scorers, averaging 27 points a night while shooting 44.7% from the field and 42% from three point range.
In the win over the Bobcats, Anthony shot 23 of 35 (65.7%) from the field, with 6 of 11 from three-point range, and was 10 of 10 from the free-throw line. He also collected 13 rebounds and, while he didn't dish a single assist, he didn't turn the ball over.
The Lakers will probably turn to
Offensively, the Lakers rely on Young for points. Coming off the bench, he's leading the team at 17.1 points a game.
The Lakers' defense has been lacking, somewhat understandable given the injuries. The team's offense has improved with the addition of point guard
Marshall is averaging 10.1 points and 9.6 assists a game while shooting 44.4% from the field and a team-high 48.5% from three-point range.
In his 12 starts with the Lakers, Marshall is averaging 11.9 assists, among the best in the league during that stretch.
The Lakers need to find their defensive footing.
The Knicks are depleted by injuries, like the Lakers, but as Anthony showed Friday, he can carry the team offensively.
At the end of a long road trip, the Lakers might be weary but they have the potential to close on a positive note if they can get some stops in New York.