Lakers Vs Warriors: NBA game preview for February 2

LeBron James and the Lakers visit Stephen Curry and the Warriors on Saturday (Feb. 2). - [NBA / YouTube screencap]
LeBron James and the Lakers visit Stephen Curry and the Warriors on Saturday (Feb. 2). - [NBA / YouTube screencap]

LeBron James and the Lakers battle the defending champions, in Oakland, in a primetime NBA matchup.

The Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State Warriors battle it out on Saturday (February 2) at 8:30 PM ET. In a Christmas Day meeting, the Lakers were victorious but also lost LeBron James due to injury for a lengthy stretch of games. Below are five things to consider ahead of this latest NBA matchup set for primetime television.

1

Warriors trying to start new streak

The Golden State Warriors recently had their 11-game winning streak snapped, and it was on their home court. Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, and the Philadelphia 76ers spoiled the streak, but now the Warriors will try to begin a new one, starting with the Lakers.

2

LeBron James is back

One of the big stories in the Lakers' previous game was the return of LeBron James to the lineup. He'd been sidelined ever since a groin injury caused him to leave the Warriors game on Christmas Day. LeBron tallied a near triple-double in his return, with 24 points, 14 rebounds, and nine assists to defeat the Clippers in overtime.

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