The Golden State Warriors have a big game in front of them this week, but they’ll have to play through a few days of rest and rest until then to do so.
The Los Angeles Lakers are a different team.
The Lakers are coming off a win against the Atlanta Hawks in their opening game of the NBA Finals.
They’re not coming off the biggest win in franchise history, either, winning 105-92 in Game 3 at Staples Center on Thursday night.
That game, though, was no slouch.
The Lakers had an 18-point lead and held the Golden State to just two points in the fourth quarter, all of which came in the second half.
After trailing by double digits, the Lakers finally got back in the game and made a comeback on the Warriors’ next possession.
The Warriors have won 11 straight overall and seven in a row since beating the Lakers 109-98 in the 2017 Western Conference semifinals.
This is the third time in as many years that the Warriors have beaten the Lakers this season.
The key for the Warriors is to be better in the postgame, where they have a great shot to win.
They will have to be a little better at stopping the ball from getting to the basket and getting the ball out quickly in transition.
Losing that will hurt the Warriors, who could be missing some scoring from their big men and can’t rely on their shooters to finish in transition and open shots.
It’s possible that the Lakers will get a few minutes off from their starters against the Warriors on Wednesday night.
They are expected to be limited to the fourth-quarter, and coach Luke Walton said he’ll likely give a bit more time to their starters.
But if the Lakers get another day off, they’ll need to be able to play without their starters for another game to fully recover.
The Warriors will have two weeks to regroup before they face the Clippers in Los Angeles on Saturday night.