Payton/Williams-Both are guys who like to get out and run, so this should be a fun game to see. Williams will get lost in defending Payton, because of Payton's superior knowledge of the game and game situations. And Payton is under control when he plays, while Williams still plays erratic. Both will get double digits and a good amount of assists, but Payton should be able to force Williams to cause some turnovers and get some easy steals. But with these 2 guys at the point, look for there to be a lot of running and probably some fast breaks.
Kobe/Person-Miller may play, but is listed day to day, after twisting his ankle last night. Kobe against Person, this could be another big game for Kobe. Person is older and slower than some of Kobe's recent matchups. Kobe should be able to beat him with his first step, almost every time. Person has only been playing for about a quarter 1/2 and won't be able to handle going up against Kobe for the entire game.
George/Posey-George has been playing much better than Posey this year, and don't look for that to change in this game. George will get some good looks early, and if he connects on those, look for him to have a good overall game, and finish with a good shooting %.
Malone/Gasol-Gasol is a good 3 inches taller than Malone, and is fairly long, so he will probably be their leading scorer. Hopefully Malone can play some D on him, and aggravate his shot. And look for Malone to get a double-double, because he's a lot more aggressive on the boards.
Shaq/Swift-Shaq is over 4 inches taller and close to 100 heavier than Swift. Shaq should be able to position himself in the paint early, and get a lot of easy baskets.
Lakers/Grizzlies-Look for both teams to run a lot. We should be able to out rebound them with extreme ease. Shaq and Kobe will have big games. Memphis likes to shoot a good amount of 3's, so that will help us get some easy fast break opportunities. And Memphis will be missing some key players due to injuries-Miller, Battier, Bell, Jones, and Humphrey.
This should be a very easy victory for us.