The Los Angeles Lakers got their road trip started on the right track on Tuesday night, and look to continue tonight at The Palace of Auburn Hills, facing the Detroit Pistons. The Lakers beat the Bucks 118-107 in Milwaukee on Tuesday, pushing their road record to 3-1 on the season. The Lakers have beaten the Pistons three straight times, including their last two years in Detroit. However, before those two victories, the Pistons had beaten the Lakers six straight times at home.
Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 31 points on Tuesday night, and is averaging 30.8 points in his last four contests. Bryant is third in the NBA in scoring this season, averaging 25.7 points per game. Lamar Odom, one day after an MRI revealed a bone bruise in his right foot, had 13 points, seven rebounds, and six assists against the Bucks.
Former Michigan State guard Shannon Brown, who has thrived so far this season, has struggled in Detroit in his NBA career. In five career games at The Palace of Auburn Hills, Brown has scored 11 points in 45 minutes, making just four of his 23 field goal attempts. Brown is shooting 52.3% in 11 games this season.
Wednesday's game is the second in as many nights for the Lakers, their second set of back-to-back games this season. The Lakers won their previous second leg of a back-to-back earlier this month, when they beat the Sacramento Kings on the road one night after beating Memphis at home. The Lakers play an NBA-low 15 sets of back-to-back games this season.
The Pistons are just 4-7 on the season, but are 4-2 after an 0-5 start. Pistons' forward Tayshaun Prince voiced his displeasure with head coach John Kuester this week, saying, "coach is having a hard time trying to figure the right pieces out," among other things.
The 4:30 p.m. PST game will be televised on KCAL.
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