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Lakers Vs. Rockets: Opening Night Lineups

The Los Angeles Lakers begin defense of their back-to-back NBA titles tonight against the Houston Rockets. In edition to watching Laker players introduce one another as they collect their championship rings, fans at Staples Center will all be given yellow shirts with "back to back champions" on the front:

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Here is a look at the probable starting lineups for tonight, plus an injury report for both teams:

Rockets

Point Guard: Aaron Brooks

Shooting Guard: Kevin Martin

Small Forward: Shane Battier

Power Forward: Luis Scola

Center: Yao Ming

Chuck Hayes is nursing a sprained right ankle, and Kyle Lowry has back spasms for the Rockets

Lakers

Point Guard: Derek Fisher

Shooting Guard: Kobe Bryant

Small Forward: Ron Artest

Power Forward: Lamar Odom

Center: Pau Gasol

In addition to Andrew Bynum, Luke Walton is out with a strained right hamstring. Derrick Caracter is probable with back spasms.

For more Lakers news and information, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Silver Screen and Roll.