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Reeling Los Angeles Lakers will probably get back on track against Pistons

Essentials

Teams: Detroit Pistons at Los Angeles Lakers

Date: Jan. 4, 2011

Time: 10:30 p.m.

Television: Fox Sports Detroit

Records

Pistons: 11-23

Lakers: 23-11

Probable starters

Pistons:

Lakers:

  • Derek Fisher
  • Kobe Bryant
  • Ron Artest
  • Pau Gasol
  • Andrew Bynum

Las Vegas projection

Spread: Pistons +12

Over/under: 196

Score: Lakers win, 104-92

Three things to watch

1. Catching the Lakers at the best or worst time?

The Lakers have lost four of six, and to them, that means the sky is falling. They’ll probably use the Pistons to get back on track, but there’s a slight chance the Pistons are catching them at the right time. I wouldn’t get my hopes up, though.

2. Can the Pistons slow Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol at all?

The last time these teams played, when Andrew Bynum was still out, Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom combined for 40 points and 26 rebounds. The Pistons have had trouble defending bigs all season. Any reason that should change tonight?

3. Rodney Stuckey’s health

Stuckey played just 14 minutes against off the bench against the Jazz after missing the previous two games with a stomach ailment. He told Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press it would take a couple more days to return to full strength.

Pregame Reading

5 Comments

  • Jan 5, 201112:26 am
    by detroitpcb

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    i won’t mention what Gasol (& Bynum) have done since they have such an advantage over the Piston defenders

    but what Derrick Fisher did to Ben Gordon……………

    i mean, Ben Gordon was sad tonight. He played like a little girl. 

  • Jan 5, 20111:27 am
    by Rodman4Life

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    when does Jerebko come back?  I need something to look forward to after that abuse.

  • Jan 5, 20111:51 am
    by Laser

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    @rodman: look FORWARD to? uh, watching jerebko work his ass off to pick up the slack for one of the worst teams in the league won’t be any fun. i promise. cross your fingers for some serious roster moves (but don’t hold your breath). then maybe next season will be bearable.
     
    i’d rather watch daye, jerebko, monroe, summers, bynum, rip (since, face it, he’s going to be here a while) and a ragtag bunch of rookies and young projects than this sorry mix of average players who can’t win games anyways.

  • Jan 5, 20113:59 am
    by jack

    Reply

    Did anyone see how badly McGrady destroyed Kobe tonight?

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