The Los Angeles Lakers look for their fourth straight win on Tuesday night as they face the Detroit Pistons in the first game of a three-game road trip. Here are the relevant details of the rematch of the 1988, 1989, and 2004 NBA Finals.
Records: Lakers (24-13); Pistons (12-26)
Location: The Palace of Auburn Hills
Time: 4:30 p.m. PST
TV: KCAL, with Bill Macdonald and Stu Lantz on the call.
Offensive Efficiency: Lakers, 103.8 points per 100 possessions (14th in NBA); Pistons, 99.7 (26th)
Defensive Efficiency: Lakers, 100.9 (10th); Pistons, 107.4 (25th)
Home vs. Road: The Lakers are just 6-12 on the road this season but have three winnable road games on this trip in Detroit, Washington, and Minnesota. Detroit is 9-11 at home this year.
Series History: The Lakers have won five straight games against the Pistons, including sweeping each of the last two season series. This is their only meeting this season.
Scoring Spree: Kobe Bryant has scored at least 30 points in each of the last three games, all wins. On the season, Bryant leads the NBA in scoring at 28.9 points per contest, and he has had 30 or more points in 16 of the Lakers 37 games.
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