Do not get me wrong, I don’t think the Lakers or the Clippers are going to be making early playoff exits. But the Trail Blazers and the Mavericks are showing the weaknesses in each team.
Load too heavy for LeBron and AD?
The Los Angeles Lakers are favorites for the title, with the Clippers being a close second, but they definitely didn’t look like title favorites in Game 1. Granted, the Portland Trail Blazers have been on a tear recently but that shouldn’t be enough to bail out LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
The Portland Trailblazers are a tall team so they are well equipped to take on the Lakers. They might actually be the toughest team that the Lakers could’ve faces, besides the Clippers. Honestly, the Trail Blazers might be able to steal another game from the Lakers but it’s hard to see them beating them 4 times in the span of 7 games.
So Laker fans, rest easy. It will be nerve wrecking to watch but the Lakers have LeBron and Anthony Davis and that should be enough to take out the Trail Blazers.
Clippers too different to function?
The Los Angeles Clippers, on the other hand, have been struggling with team chemistry. Teammates seem to lack trust in each other when they transition over to defense.
Doncic and Porzingis have taken full advantage of that. The Clippers did win Game 1 but they didn’t do it convincingly. If Porzingis wasn’t controversially ejected then they could have easily been the winners of Game 1.
Again, I think the Clippers are too stacked to lose to the Mavericks but it’s going to be interesting. Even with their apparent lack of chemistry, if the Clippers find their groove then no one can beat them.
Get ready for Game 2 between the Los Angeles Lakers and Portland Trailblazers on August 20, 2020 at 6 pm. Then on August 21, 2020 the Los Angeles Clippers and Dallas Mavericks will face at 6 pm for Game 3.