Los Angeles Lakers (46-17) vs Orlando Magic (43-20)
Divisional Standings: Lakers 1st Pacific - Magic 1st Southeast
Streaks: Lakers lost 2 - Magic won 4
Regular Season Series: Lakers 1-0
...and the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor goes to
...Andrew Bynum for his performance against the Orlando Magic on 3/7/2010!
Orlando Magic have won 4 straight and are confident to have another W in their home arena against the Lakers who are on a small hump losing their last 2 road games. L.A. needs to seek redemption and use this high profile game to their advantage. Lakers love the hype and their effort that was lost with the luggage the last two trips will have to intensify and illustrate how hungry they want the regular series sweep against Orlando. It's either this sweep or the 0-3 sweep this road trip.
Shannon Brown needs to step up and have the same kind of production he had last time they faced up this past January when he scored 22 points. Key match-up will be with Bynum and Howard. Bynum needs to be the key player today. In order for this to happen Bynum needs to get plenty of inside dishes. He needs to attack the basket to score or get Dwight in early foul trouble.
I will keep this post short as the game is just about to start, Lakers will need to play GREAT defense against the quick guards and strong inside game. Orlando has a solid front line with Carter, Howard, Nelson, Lewis, and Pietrus.