For some franchises, winning a championship changes their organization’s hiring culture. For the Golden State Warriors, however, championships continue to define the dynasty they created.
The Warriors just won their fourth championship in the last eight seasons and are ready to host another ring and banner ceremony to open the NBA season. On Tuesday, October 18, they will do just that when LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers come to town to open the 2022-23 NBA season.
Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green again led the way for Golden State last season, and once again they find themselves in a familiar place at the top of the league to start a new year. However, it has been difficult for the Lakers to find success since winning the 2020 NBA Finals.
Los Angeles has only won 75-79 since the 2019-20 season and last year they failed to make the playoffs because LeBron James and Anthony Davis lost time to injuries. With Russell Westbrook still a big question mark even in that team’s plans, the Lakers go into the year as big unknowns across the league.
Could Los Angeles shock the NBA world and immediately kick things off in the right direction, or will Golden State continue to dominate its state rivals and add more celebration to a night that will be all about pomp and circumstance?
The 2022-23 NBA season is about to begin and here’s how to watch Tuesday’s game with game times and TV, lineups, bios and other important details.
How to watch Lakers vs. Warriors
- WHO: Los Angeles Lakers (0-0) vs. Golden State Warriors (0-0)
- IF: 10:00 p.m. ET, Tuesday, October 18, 2022
- WHERE: Chase Center, San Francisco, California
- TV: TNT
- Stream: Fubo.tv CLICK HERE
Key stats and facts for Lakers vs. Warriors
- The Golden State Warriors won their fourth championship in the last eight seasons in the 2021-22 NBA season. They finished last year with a 53-29 record
- The Los Angeles Lakers missed the playoffs for the seventh time in the last nine seasons last year after posting their worst 33-49 record since the 2016-17 season.
- The Warriors are 18-22 years old in their season openers.
- The Lakers are 23-19 years old in season openers.
- Golden State won three of the four games they played against Los Angeles last season, including two games at home and one away.
April 7, 2022 – Warriors 128, Lakers 112
The Warriors played the Lakers at home in one of their last games of the year and settled the deal thanks to Klay Thompson’s 33 points on 12-22 shooting, 6-10 from three-point range. Without LeBron James, Russell Westbrook and Anthony Davis, Talen Horton-Tucker, now a member of the Utah Jazz, led the way for Los Angeles with 40 points and 4 steals. The Warriors surpassed the Lakers by 21 points from the three-point line and the Lakers surpassed the Warriors by 19 points at the free-throw line.
Latest injury reports:
Lakers: Dennis Schroder (finger) – AUS, Troy Brown Jr. (back) – AUS, Russell Westbrook (hamstring) – QUESTIONABLE, Thomas Bryant (thumb) – QUESTIONABLE
Warrior: Andre Iguodala (hip) – OUT, Patrick Baldwin Jr. (thumb) – QUESTIONABLE
PROJECTED LAKERS STARTERS (2021-22 regular season stats):
- G. Russell Westbrook (Q), 6ft 3 guard: 18.5 points. 7.4 rebounds, 7.1 assists
- G Kendrick Nunn6-2 guard: 14.6 points, 3.2 rebounds (2020-21 season stats)
- F LeBron James6-9 forward: 30.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, 6.2 assists
- F Anthony Davis, 6-10 forward: 23.2 points. 9.9 setbacks
- C Damian Jones6-11 middle: 8.1 points, 4.4 rebounds
PROJECTED WARRIORS STARTERS (2021-22 regular season stats):
- G Stephen Curry6-2 guard: 25.5 points, 5.2 rebounds, 6.3 assists
- G. Klay Thompson6-6 guard: 20.4 points, 3.9 rebounds
- F Andrew Wiggins6-7 forward: 17.2 points, 4.5 rebounds
- F Draymond Green6-6 forward: 7.5 points, 7.3 rebounds, 7.0 assists
- C. Kevon Looney6-9 middle: 6.0 points, 7.3 rebounds
- The Warriors are currently 6-point favorites over the Lakers, according to Monday night FanDuel Sportsbook.
- The over/under for this matchup is currently set at 225 total points.
What to look out for:
- Stephen Curry is 24-17 all-time against LeBron James, including the postseason.
- Los Angeles is 258-172 all-time against Golden State.
- Lakers forward LeBron James is 1,326 career points away from overtaking Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.
- Warriors guard Stephen Curry broke Ray Allen’s all-time three-pointers made record in the 2021-22 season.