GAME 8: Blazers @ Los Angeles Lakers
6:30PM PST; Comcast Sports
After a decisive win against the Raptors, the Blazers flew to Los Angeles last night for their Sunday night match up with the Lakers.
The undefeated Lakers currently sit at the top of the Western Conference with a 6-0 record. They are scoring at will. Their size allows them to out-rebound teams. They have Kobe Bryant. They have Pau Gasol. They have Phil Jackson. They have Steve Blake. However, as loaded as the Lakers are, they haven't played any one of consequence yet, and this broken down Blazer team will be their first true test.
The Lakers on paper.
Starting five: Ron Artest, Lamar Odom, Pau Gasol, Kobe Bryant, Derek Fisher
Off the bench: Matt Barnes, Steve Blake, Shannon Brown
The Lakers made moves this off-season, most notably signing Steve Blake, easily the most sought-after free agent of the summer. Andrew Bynum, who is currently on the IR, rivals only Greg Oden in injury prone-ness. On average, the Lakers are outscoring their opponents by 11.6 points. Brandon Roy is playing more of a “ground game” at this point in his career.
The Blazers are small, the Lakers are big. They need to get out and run. Attack the basket and win the free throw battle.
LET'S GET RICH
Took a loss last night with the Raptors +12.5. I'm 2-2-1.
Tonight I like the Lakers -7.5 over the Blazers.
Rudy Fernandez. What will it be tonight: back spasms or flu like symptoms?
Tonight's Laker game marks the beginning of an extremely tough stretch of games for the Blazers: Detroit, @ Thunder, @ Hornets, @ Memphis, Denver, Utah, New Orleans. It would be great to start it off with a win @ Los Angeles.
Andy Popp is a Portland native that loves sports and beer. You can contact Andy Popp at either firstname.lastname@example.org or BlazersPipeline on Twitter. When he's not at PDX Pipeline, you can find him at lowposts.com.