The Los Angeles Lakers look for their third straight victory on Sunday night as they host the Memphis Grizzlies at Staples Center. This is the third and final meeting this season between the two teams. The Lakers have beaten Memphis three straight times, including both matchups this season.
Ramon Sessions has made quite an impact on the Lakers in just five games. After scoring 100 points just 11 times in 43 games before he arrived, the Lakers have topped the century mark in their last three contests and are averaging 102.4 points per game with Sessions. After four games coming off the bench, Sessions joined the starting unit in Friday's win over Portland and Sessions had 20 points and 11 assists in 36 minutes.
The arrival of Sessions has helped the offense at a time when Kobe Bryant is struggling. The shooting guard is shooting just 37.3% in the five games he has played with sessions and has shot 37.9% over his last 12 games. But the NBA scoring leader is still getting to the foul line, averaging eight free throw attempts per game on the season, fourth in the league, and he has made 80 of his last 87 free throws (92.0%).
Pau Gasol is coming off a 16-rebound game against the Trail Blazers, and gets to match up with his brother Marc Gasol Sunday night. In two battles this season, the older brother Pau has averaged 13.5 points and 10.0 rebounds per game in two wins over Marc, who has averaged 11.0 points and 11.0 rebounds against the Lakers.
Memphis has lost three straight games and five of their last six contests.
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