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Los Angeles takes on San Antonio, looks to break 3-game slide

December 22, 2021 GMT

San Antonio Spurs (12-18, 12th in the Western Conference) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (16-16, seventh in the Western Conference)

Los Angeles; Thursday, 10:30 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Los Angeles looks to end its three-game skid when the Lakers take on San Antonio.

The Lakers are 8-11 in conference play. Los Angeles is 8-4 when it wins the turnover battle and averages 15.5 turnovers per game.

The Spurs are 7-13 in conference play. San Antonio leads the Western Conference with 54.3 points per game in the paint led by Jakob Poeltl averaging 11.0.

The teams square off for the third time this season. The Lakers won the last matchup on Nov. 14, with Anthony Davis scoring 34 points points in the win.

TOP PERFORMERS: Russell Westbrook is averaging 19.5 points, 7.8 rebounds and 8.2 assists for the Lakers. LeBron James is averaging 27.0 points over the last 10 games for Los Angeles.

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Dejounte Murray is scoring 18.1 points per game and averaging 8.5 rebounds for the Spurs. Derrick White is averaging 18.0 points and 3.9 rebounds over the last 10 games for San Antonio.

LAST 10 GAMES: Lakers: 5-5, averaging 106.5 points, 45.2 rebounds, 23.6 assists, 8.6 steals and 5.3 blocks per game while shooting 46.7% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 104.7 points per game.

Spurs: 5-5, averaging 114.5 points, 47.5 rebounds, 29.1 assists, 7.7 steals and 5.0 blocks per game while shooting 46.9% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 114.1 points.

INJURIES: Lakers: LeBron James: day to day (abdominal), Anthony Davis: out (knee), Austin Reaves: out (health and safety protocols), Avery Bradley: out (health and safety protocols), Malik Monk: out (health and safety protocols), Kent Bazemore: out (health and safety protocols), Kendrick Nunn: out (knee), Trevor Ariza: day to day (ankle).

Spurs: Zach Collins: out (ankle).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.