The Los Angeles Lakers aim to get back into the win column against the Detroit Pistons tonight at Staples Center. As bad as the Lakers have played though, they still have a 23-11 record, the exact opposite of the Pistons. Even with the way the Lakers have been playing, they are heavy favorites tonight (11½ points, per Odds Shark) and should be able to win.
C.A. Clark of Silver Screen is unhappy with the level of effort from the purple and gold of late, and wants a better showing tonight:
So to review, this team is bad on offense, terrible on defense, they have no centers, and don't give any significant minutes to anybody over 6'9". You start two centers, have a third big off the bench who might be the best bench player in the league, and he is still taller than their entire roster. If you really wanted to, you could probably hold them to zero rebounds for the first time in the history of the NBA. There is no possible way for you to lose this game tonight, save one, so do me a favor.
Here are the probable starting lineups tonight:
Point Guard: Tracy McGrady (nearly had a triple-double Monday in Utah: 11 points, nine rebounds, 11 assists)
- Shooting Guard: Ben Gordon
- Small Forward: Tayshaun Prince
- Power Forward: Charlie Villanueva
- Center: Ben Wallace
- Point Guard: Derek Fisher
- Shooting Guard: Kobe Bryant
- Small Forward: Ron Artest
- Power Forward: Pau Gasol
Center: Andrew Bynum
Tonight's 7:30 p.m. PST tip-off will be televised on Fox Sports West.
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