Brooklyn Nets vs. L.A. Lakers: Preview, Analysis and Predictions

The Los Angeles Lakers finally have an opportunity to get above .500.

Now, who would have thought we'd be saying that 10 games into the season?

With a roster like Los Angeles' not many. But after fighting a losing battle with the Princeton offense, that's where the Lakers are.

Though the Mike D'Antoni-led (sort of) Lakers have won four of their last five, their quest to rise above .500 will not be easy, as they must go through the Brooklyn Nets to do it.

Deron Williams and company have not been the pillar of consistency thus far this season, but they have won five in a row and will be looking to make it six as they head into Tinseltown Tuesday night.

Time: Tuesday, November 20, 10:30 p.m. ET


Records: Brooklyn Nets (6-2), Los Angeles Lakers (5-5)

Betting Line: Lakers -5.5


Injuries (via

Nets: None

Lakers: Steve Blake (abdomen), questionable; Steve Nash (leg), out.


Key Storyline: Are the Lakers ready to assert their dominance as a powerhouse?

After losing four of their first five games, the Lakers have won four of their last five. While that has put them in position to emerge above .500 for the first time all season, they have yet to defeat a team with a winning record.

Obviously, this isn't the same offense—or the same team, for that matter—we saw almost implode under Mike Brown. That said, they're going up against a Brooklyn team that has rattled off five straight wins and has a wealth of momentum under its belt.

Normally, such a matchup wouldn't phase the Lakers, but again, they're still attempting to establish their footing as a league powerhouse.

And while there would be no better way to do so than by beating one of the hottest teams in the league, a third straight victory for Los Angeles is anything b...

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