But injuries have played a major role in preventing the Lakers from developing any consistency during James' first season alongside their young core.
Head to head, the under is 6-2 in the last eight meetings, the Lakers are 2-5 ATS in the last seven meetings in Toronto and the Lakers are 0-5 ATS in the last five meetings overall.
Before James returned to action, sophomore point guard Lonzo Ball suffered an ankle injury on January 19 with an expected recovery timeline of 4-6 weeks - which was extended after team doctors discovered a bone bruise.
When the LA Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers finally tipped off for opening night in 2017, Beverley lived up to his word and didn't give Ball room to breathe on the court in their first matchup.
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The Los Angeles Lakers briefly contemplated a LeBron James trade, per Bleacher Report's Ric Bucher. "They'll get an opportunity to learn, and I get an opportunity to play with them, so we can take that out of it for sure".
Browns acquire star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. from the Giants
After news of the trade broke, Cleveland's odds to win the Super Bowl went from 25-1 to 14-1 at Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. NY received Cleveland's first-round pick and second third-round pick in the 2019 draft along with safety Jabrill Peppers .
And James says the final matches of the season could be crucial in helping the young Lakers squad. "But if we're having a game again where we're missing and we need someone to knock down [shots] and space that floor, then we feel confident he can do that".
The Lakers have failed to meet expectations and are sitting outside the playoff picture this season.
The Lakers, through 66 games, maintain the same record they did a season ago.
Forward Kyle Kuzma has also been plagued with ankle issues in the latter half of the regular season, missing multiple games in the process. He continues to be kept out of action by an ankle injury and the word out right now is that he may be ruled out for the remainder of the season.
Ric Bucher of Bleacher Report spoke with several National Basketball Association team owners and executives about the possibility of LeBron being traded, and the general consensus was that teams would not be willing to give up almost as much for James now as they would have a year ago. "I wouldn't want to gut the team for a player that isn't committed and is toward the end of his career".