Standings: Lakers 1st in Pacific - Pacers last in Central
Series: Lakers lead 1-0
Streaks: Lakers won 2 - Pacers won 1
Time: 7:30PM PST - TV: FSW
Lakers: Sasha Vujacic-Sprained Right Shoulder, Luke Walton-Pinched Nerve in the Lower Back.
Pacers: Jeff Foster-Back Surgery, Tyler Hansbrough-Inner Ear Infection, Solomon Jones-Suspended for one game.
Indiana is another one of those teams to not take lightly. Their horrible record may reflect a struggling team but they can catch any team off-guard if given a disrespecting light approach. They've already proven that they can beat the best. Boston, Phoenix and Orlando have all lost to Indiana this season.
Danny Granger averaged 25 points last month. Troy Murphy is scoring 14 pts with 10 rebs a game. Remember Roy Hibbert scored 21 points off the bench during the last matchup. He can be a defensive monster as he leads the team with 103 blocks and is currently in a 3-way tie for 9th in the league. Dahntay Jones can be that stealth threat. He scored 17 pts. in just 20 minutes the other night against the losing Chicago Bulls.
Lakers are on a high right now. Lamar had a huge night recently over Denver scoring 20 and grabbing 12 boards. Artest's defensive game is strong, vert strong. He had his 2nd 6 steal game of the season. His shooting confidence has boosted since last month and will hopefully carry on into March. Gasol is playing healthy and his production game in and game out is nothing less than stellar. Bynum is the opposite as far as consistency. I guess its hard to see which player will suit up. The aggressive go-getter or the hesitant delayed shooter. We will certainly see. Kobe continues to struggle but he'll be the first one to tell you that. He knows he's a bit rusty since his return and its just a matter of time for Kobe to regain his shooting touch.
Overall, Lakers are the more capable team and are clearly presumed to win over the unstable Indiana Pacers. Look for Kobe to come out of his slump and have a great game over the weak defending Brandon Rush.