: Payton against the stoner. I think we should win this one. Payton will have a big game against Damon. Payton will run the Lakers tonight, which should be fun, since everyone will be ready to go and ready to win. Payton will use his size to his advantage, he will get easy shots over Damon and get good position in the paint over him. Gary is also faster, than this particular Blazer, so he can beat him to the basket and run the break without much opposition.
: Kobe is getting closer and closer to the old Kobe the longer this season progresses. Kobe will not have a lot of problems against Anderson. Kobe will be able to stop him on the defensive end and get by him on the offensive end. Kobe shouldn't have a difficult time scoring on him, and shouldn't have to worry about be guarded by some great defensive player, unless the want to bring in the self proclaimed Kobe stopper off the bench, then Kobe will...score even more points. I think there will be a lot of give and go between Kobe and Shaq tonight, both will be looking for each other.
: this is one of the matchups that concerns me. Fox is a good defensive player, but he isn't 100% yet, and Shareef is having a great year. He will put up some very good numbers against Fox. He will outrebound him and score on him, at will. Shareef will also prevent Fox from having much of an offensive impact.
: this is the only other matchup we have to worry about. Slava has been playing very poorly, since Shaq has returned. He hasn't found his place in the offense; all he does is shoot, leave his man open, and foul...he has to find some way to help us. Zach will kill him tonight, our only saving grace is that we will have Shaq to prevent Zach from getting to the basket. Zach will prevent Slava from having any sort of impact on tonight's game. Zach will get at least 20 & 10, and that should be with ease.
: Shaq will have a big game. He gained a lot of momentum from the All Star game, and should be able to ride this into June. Shaq will have a big game against the former Hawk. Shaq will have fun tonight and get a lot of touches. Kobe and Shaq will have a lot of passes to each other tonight. Expect a fun game, and a close one to the end. And we should be able to pull out a victory, thanks to Kobe and Shaq.