Yes, the league is scared of the Nets after just signing LaMarcus Aldridge. However, the Lakers recent addition of Andre Drummond makes this potential finals matchup a little more intriguing. How do these teams matchup?
PG: Dennis Schroder vs Kyrie Irving. Nets +1
SG: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope vs James Harden. Nets +2
SF: LeBron James vs Kevin Durant. Nets +1
PF: Anthony Davis vs LaMarcus Aldridge. Even
C: Andre Drummond vs DeAndre Jordon. Lakers +1
6th man: Kyle Kuzma vs Joe Harris. Lakers +2
7th man: Montrezl Harrell vs Blake Griffin. Lakers +3
8th man: Alex Caruso vs Landry Shamet. Lakers +4
9th man: Talen Horton-Tucker vs Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot. Lakers +3
10th man: Marc Gasol vs Nicolas Claxton. Lakers +4
11th man: Markieff Morris vs Jeff Green. Lakers +3
12th man: Wesley Matthews vs Bruce Brown. Lakers +4
Yes, the Nets have more star power, but the Lakers depth in miles better than the Nets (and you cannot forget about LeBron in playoff mode).
How the Nets win:
The Nets will win by dominating the 3 point game and by their quickness and ability to start fast breaks. They will have to limit Davis and Drummond’s presence down low, which will be tough with their undersized lineup. Their shooting and ball movement will be the only chance they have to win.
How the Lakers win:
The Lakers will win by dominating the paint. They should use their size to their advantage and feed Davis and Drummond in the post. They are weaker perimeter shooters than the Nets, so if they try to keep up they will lose. They need to control the pace of the game and play to their strengths (defense and rebounding).
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