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Lakers (12-14) at Warriors (17-9)
10:30 PM EST
4-8 on the road
Won last 3
7-10 vs. West
Chris Duhon 4.6 points, 3.9 assists, 2.0 rebounds
Jodie Meeks 8.4 points, 0.9 assists, 2.0 rebounds
Kobe Bryant 29.5 points, 5.0 assists, 5.2 rebounds
Pau Gasol 12.4 points, 3.6 assists, 8.8 rebounds
Dwight Howard 18.1 points, 2.0 assists, 12.2 rebounds
7-3 at home
Lost last 1
7-7 vs. the West
Stephen Curry 19.9 points, 6.3 assists, 4.2 rebounds
Klay Thompson 15.7 points, 2.6 assists, 4.2 rebounds
Harrison Barnes 8.8 points, 1.5 assists, 4.2 rebounds
David Lee 19.8 points, 3.5 assists, 11.2 rebounds
Festus Ezeli 2.8 points, 0.2 assists, 3.8 rebounds
-Last time these teams met, the Lakers put a beating on the Warriors (101-77). Since then, the Warriors have had much greater success than the Lakers. The Warriors have won 14 of 20; the Lakers have played .500 ball. While this will be a back-to-back for the Warriors, their studs Stephen Curry and David Lee actually seem to play better on the back ends of back-to-backs. Moreover, the Warriors are 5-2 in such games this season. Meanwhile the Lakers will trot out another new starting five, putting Jodie Meeks at the 2 and sliding Kobe to the 3. With those adjustments and as Pau Gasol works to get back into the flow of things, it is difficult to imagine a Lakers win.
Warriors 113, Lakers 107
The Lakers may have more talent, but the Warriors have the main missing ingredient in L.A.—chemistry.
Jackson's team feeds off each other and off the always-raucous Warriors faithful.
The Lakers have struggled away from Staples Center. They have yet to beat a winning team on the road and have won just four of their 12 away games.
If the Warriors' frontcourt can find enough offense to compensate for their defensive limitations, this could be another impressive win to add to Golden State's growing resume.
Stephen Curry is unquestionably playing some of the best basketball of his career as evidenced by his December averages of 22.3 points per game and 7.1 assists per game on 44.5 percent field goal shooting and a sizzling 48.9 percent 3-point field goal shooting.
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