Thurs. 1/17 - Lakers vs Heat - Predictions & Comments

Re: Thurs. 1/17 - Lakers vs Heat - Predictions & Comments

Postby trodgers on Thu Jan 17, 2013 3:55 pm

QUICK PREVIEW
Lakers (17-21) vs. Heat (25-12)
10:30 PM EST

LAKERS
Won last 2
12-9 at home
8-5 vs. East

PROBABLE STARTERS
Steve Nash 10.5 points, 8.9 assists, 2.9 rebounds
Kobe Bryant 29.9 points, 4.8 assists, 4.9 rebounds
Metta World Peace 13.6 points, 1.6 assists, 5.7 rebounds
Earl Clark 4.3 points, 1.1 assists, 3.8 rebounds
Dwight Howard 17.8 points, 1.8 assists, 12.6 rebounds

HEAT
Won last 1
9-9 on the road
14-5 vs. West

PROBABLE STARTERS
Mario Chalmers 7.9 points, 3.5 assists, 2.3 rebounds
Dwyane Wade 19.9 points, 4.4 assists, 4.7 rebounds
LeBron James 26.0 points, 6.9 assists, 8.1 rebounds
Udonis Haslem 3.6 points, 0.5 assists, 5.4 rebounds
Chris Bosh 17.8 points, 1.8 assists, 7.1 rebounds

PREDICTION
The numbers are overall a push. If this were in Miami, the Heat would be a big favorite. But this is in LA, where the Lakers have recently found some success.

Looking at some individual match ups reveals some interesting trends. Kobe's teams are 6-11 vs. LeBron's teams; they're 8-8 vs. Dwyane Wade's teams. But Dwight Howard's teams are 14-15 vs. LeBron's and 14-12 vs. Wade's teams. So maybe Dwight can be the equalizer in this match up.

The LA fan in me says take the Lakers in a close one.

Lakers 103
Heat 102
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Re: Thurs. 1/17 - Lakers vs Heat - Predictions & Comments

Postby Uncle_Meat on Thu Jan 17, 2013 4:28 pm

Gasol was cleared to play. Word has it may come in with 2nd unit.
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Postby V.V.V.V.V. on Thu Jan 17, 2013 5:33 pm

Keep him with the second unit.
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Postby scissors on Thu Jan 17, 2013 6:07 pm

Couple of hours before tip off. I can't wait for this. So anxious.
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Postby Chillbongo on Thu Jan 17, 2013 6:18 pm

Dwight must dominate.
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Postby tigerjeterkobe on Thu Jan 17, 2013 6:44 pm

Since their bench will absolutely destroy ours, Kobe and Dwight must not get into foul trouble.

Bron, Wade, and Chalmers will try to attack Dwight's body to get him in foul trouble. And Wade, Bron, and Chalmers will try to drive on Kobe if he is all over them and draw fouls.

Any foul trouble by either and we are doomed.

Also, with Gasol coming off the bench, we must limit the minutes that Duhon, Morris, Ebanks, and Jamison are on the floor together. With the next 3 days off. MDA may work an 8 man rotation for this one -- looking only to Gasol, Jamison, and Morris. Maybe a little Meeks too.

The best would be if Dwight and Gasol get Bosh and Haslem in foul trouble early, and Nash and Kobe get Chalmers and Wade in foul trouble. :jam2:
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Re: Thurs. 1/17 - Lakers vs Heat - Predictions & Comments

Postby Chillbongo on Thu Jan 17, 2013 6:54 pm

^ To add, we got to REALLY close out on their 3 pt shooters. All of them. Obsessively.

Let's not double LeBron. Let him get his.

We die if they go 3 chucking. That's extra points and extra feel-good for them. Momentum won't be in our favor. Then LeBron can do whatever the F he wants.

Let him be a scorer tonight. If he beats us carrying the team, so be it.
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Postby Jazzygirl205 on Thu Jan 17, 2013 7:31 pm

I agree, we don't need to double LeBron because they have 3 point weapons. But if LeBron kills us on his own then there's nothing we could do about that, however we have had problems guarding the other team's shooters so we need to do a good job. But they have many weapons despite their little stumble.
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Postby Battle Tested20 on Thu Jan 17, 2013 8:13 pm

I am really glad as it looks like we don't have to worry about this Clippers-Wolves game going into our game.
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Postby alexthegreat on Thu Jan 17, 2013 8:14 pm

Hopefully its a good one :jam2:
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Postby DanielBeltz24 on Thu Jan 17, 2013 8:23 pm

Beat these pussies :jam2:
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Postby trodgers on Thu Jan 17, 2013 8:25 pm

Who's watching? Will we have a full house tonight?
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Postby Battle Tested20 on Thu Jan 17, 2013 8:27 pm

trodgers wrote:Who's watching? Will we have a full house tonight?

I'll be on here, but may or may not be posting a lot. The game will dictate that :man10:
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Postby scissors on Thu Jan 17, 2013 8:28 pm

Here we go. Let's do this.

DEFENSE!!!
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Re: Thurs. 1/17 - Lakers vs Heat - Predictions & Comments

Postby trodgers on Thu Jan 17, 2013 8:30 pm

Dwight looks like a clown with the turtle neck and those specs. C'mon, son.
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Postby trodgers on Thu Jan 17, 2013 8:31 pm

I'll be Tweeting from @ClubLakers but I'll post in here a bit, too.
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Postby karacha on Thu Jan 17, 2013 8:31 pm

I actually have a good feeling about this one. Except if Dwight gets in foul trouble... then we're screwed. Otherwise, if him and Kobe have a good game, Nash hits some shots and we have another guy: Jamison/Easy/Metta contributing -- we have a pretty good chance IMO. We're so close to that 8 spot now.
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Re: Thurs. 1/17 - Lakers vs Heat - Predictions & Comments

Postby Jellincon on Thu Jan 17, 2013 8:32 pm

Let's GO!!! :jam2:
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Postby noobiew on Thu Jan 17, 2013 8:32 pm

Beware of Chalmers, Battier and Ray Allen wide open 3 pts shots
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Postby noobiew on Thu Jan 17, 2013 8:37 pm

We must limiting our turnovers and dominate on the boards, GO LAKERS !
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Postby Unknowndevil on Thu Jan 17, 2013 8:37 pm

if we can do limit TO and do good on Defense Heat is no problem :jam2:
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Postby escobar8 on Thu Jan 17, 2013 8:39 pm

will it start already...???
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Postby Doc Brown on Thu Jan 17, 2013 8:40 pm

Let's keep f***** that chicken boys. Time to get a W.
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Postby Jazzygirl205 on Thu Jan 17, 2013 8:40 pm

I'm a little nervous..
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