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Lakers Vs. Suns: Pregame Notes And Probable Lineups

The Los Angeles Lakers return to the site of half of last year's Western Conference Finals as they travel to Phoenix to face the Suns at US Airways Center. The Lakers have won their last five road openers, and 12 of their last 14 first road games of the season. Here are tonight's probable lineups:

Lakers

Point Guard: Derek Fisher

Shooting Guard: Kobe Bryant

Small Forward: Ron Artest

Power Forward: Lamar Odom

Center: Pau Gasol

Suns

Point Guard: Steve Nash

Shooting Guard: Jason Richardson

Small Forward: Grant Hill

Power Forward: Hedo Turkoglu

Center: Robin Lopez

Phil Jackson is one victory shy of 1,100 in his career, and will be the fastest of the five to hit that milestone:

Fastest NBA Coaches To 1,100 Wins
Coach Wins-Losses     Win%
Phil Jackson              1,099-460 .705
Pat Riley
1,100-539 .671
Jerry Sloan 1,100-723 .603
Don Nelson 1,100-831 .570
Lenny Wilkens 1,100-896 .551

Notes

  • The Lakers won the regular season series with Phoenix last year, 3-1, and have won the last three season series by the same 3-1 margin
  • The Suns are 31-11 in their 42 previous season openers
  • The Suns have won eight straight regular season games at home, with the last loss coming at the hands of the Lakers, last March 12

Tonight's game, a 7:30 p.m. PDT tipoff, will be televised by both KCAL and ESPN.

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