There are three assurances throughout everyday life: Death, taxes and the Lakers playing down to their adversary. Imagine that is an exaggeration?
Subsequent to losing to the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday and beating the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday, the Lakers are presently 14-7 against bottom-10 NBA groups this season, and 6-3 against bottom-five groups. Certainly, it’s a winning record, yet the number in the misfortune column ought to be fundamentally lower.
Be that as it may, it’s not simply the terrible groups they play down to; they additionally play up to their rivals.
Except for the Toronto Raptors, Philadelphia 76ers and Milwaukee Bucks, who the Lakers presently can’t seem to play, Los Angeles has beaten each other best 10 groups in the NBA at any rate once this season. By and large, they’re 8-12 against best 10 groups this season.
It’s a negative behavior pattern they’ve been not able shake and nobody knows why, including Kyle Kuzma, who said that its been one of the more interesting topics with the group this season.
“It’s kind of weird that we play better against the better teams in the league and the play down to the levels of other teams, but just another day of life of playing in the NBA,” Kuzma said after the Lakers’ win over New Orleans on Wednesday. “It’ll be a lot of fun on Friday.”
“A lot of fun,” is one way to put it.
The Bucks, who the Lakers will see on Friday, at present hold the best record in the NBA thanks in no little part to the commitments made by MVP applicant Giannis Antetokounmpo and his outstanding supporting cast, including, however not restricted to, All-Star Khris Middleton, Eric Bledsoe, Brook Lopez and Malcolm Brogdon — and that is only the beginning lineup.
Ideally the Lakers can proceed with their trend of being at their best against extreme rivals, else it could be a long night against Milwaukee.