The Los Angeles Lakers blew a 19-point lead in Friday night's loss at Utah, but look to start a new win streak tonight as they return home to face the Indiana Pacers. At 13-3, the Lakers sit comfortably atop the Pacific Division and are a half-game behind San Antonio for the best record in the NBA. Indiana, at 7-7, is one of just six teams in the Eastern Conference at .500 or better.
The Lakers have won their last three contests against the Pacers, and have won 11 straight against Indiana at home, having never lost to Indiana at Staples Center. The Pacers are 3-2 on the road this season, and tonight's game marks the start of a four-game road trip. Head coach Phil Jackson is 14-6 against the Pacers in the regular season with the Lakers.
The Lakers lead the NBA in both scoring (110.6 points per game) and offensive efficiency (116.4 points per 100 possessions), but have been held to under 100 points in each of their last two games. The Lakers have scored 100 points in 13 of 16 games this season. The Lakers are 8-1 at home this year.
Danny Granger leads the Pacers in scoring at 22.0 points per game, tied with Pau Gasol for 13th in the NBA. Kobe Bryant is fourth in the league in scoring at 25.6 points per game. Tonight's 6:30 p.m. PST contest will be televised by Fox Sports West.
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