Sunday, December 25, 2011

Lakers vs Bulls - Christmas Day Preview

2011-12 NBA Season Opener
Los Angeles Lakers vs Chicago Bulls
Time: 2PM PST - TV: ABC

This time around last season the Lakers were 21-8 at the top of their division heading into their Christmas Day spectacular against the Miami Heat - fast forward to today's realities of a lengthy NBA lockout dispute and its residual schedule - the 2011-12 NBA season will now tip-off at the traditional 30-game mark of the season this Christmas Day.

Teams only have 66-games to figure things out, get warmed up, fix all system bugs and find the right rotation. It's sink or swim time gentlemen.  

As for the Lakers, they'll be hosting the Bulls for their season opener as the underdog. Yes you heard me right, they're considered the out-of-towners at home. Hold your dark horses, could this be right?

Lamar Odom being traded to Dallas, Andrew Bynum serving his 1 of 4 day suspension, Kobe's healing wrist and a new coaching system might be contributing factors to this foolish prediction but everyone know's you should never count the Lakers out, especially when you have No. 24 fancying his new System Supreme's.

Here's a look at the Lakers starting 5 and last season averages:
  1. Derek Fisher (7pts/2reb/3ast)
  2. Kobe Bryant (25pts/5reb/5ast)
  3. Devin Ebanks (3pts/1reb)
  4. Josh McRoberts (7pts/5reb/2ast)
  5. Pau Gasol (19pts/10reb/3ast)
Here's a look at the Bulls starting 5 and last season averages:
  1. Derrick Rose (25pts/4reb/8ast)
  2. Richard Hamilton (14pts/2reb/3ast)
  3. Luol Deng (17pts/6reb/3ast)
  4. Carlos Boozer (18pts/10reb/3ast)
  5. Joakim Noah (12pts/10reb/2ast)
Okay on paper it certainly looks like Chicago is the better team but you should never judge a team by its stat sheet. In order for the Lakers to come out victorious the usual suspects in Kobe and Gasol will have to carry the team offensively in hopes that their teammates won't slow them down.

One thing's for sure, the better team will win on Christmas Day.

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