Lakers (14-15) vs. Blazers (14-13)
10:30 PM EST
Lost last 1
9-6 at home
8-11 vs. West
Steve Nash 10.4 points, 7.2 assists, 3.4 rebounds
Darius Morris 4.9 points, 2.2 assists, 1.5 rebounds
Kobe Bryant 30.2 points, 4.9 assists, 5.3 rebounds
Pau Gasol 12.6 points, 3.9 assists, 8.7 rebounds
Dwight Howard 17.5 points, 2.0 assists, 11.8 rebounds
Won last 1
4-9 on the road
10-7 vs. West
Damian Lillard 18.6 points, 6.7 assists, 3.4 rebounds
Nicolas Batum 16.0 points, 4.0 assists, 5.7 rebounds
Wesley Matthews 15.0 points, 2.4 assists, 2.9 rebounds
LaMarcus Aldridge 21.1 points, 2.2 assists, 8.3 rebounds
J.J. Hickson 12.8 points, 0.8 assists, 11.1 rebounds
On Halloween the Lakers went to Portland (where they cannot buy a win). They were drubbed 116-106. In LA, things have gone better for the Lakers facing Portland. The loss at Denver wasn't exactly a return to the struggles of old, but it was a sign that not everything is going to be easy for the Lakers.
LA must contain the shooting of Portland. There are just too many good shooters; if LA sags off them as they have, this could be a long night for LA. I don't think that will happen though. Both Pau Gasol (plantar fasciitis) and Wesley Matthews (hip) are dealing with injuries. Gasol is probable; Matthews might be less likely to play.
Portland is holding onto that 8th seed. With a win, the Lakers would tie them.