LO and the Lakers smell blood on the hometown Pistons, and tonight they'll be ready to pounce.
There's no better time than than now to steal a victory at the Palace of Auburn Hills since neither of Detroit’s two leading scorers, Allen Iverson and Richard Hamilton, are expected to play due to back and groin injuries, respectively. Pistons' center Rasheed Wallace could be sidelined with a sore calf as well. The team's recent rash of injuries has caused them to drop six of their last eight contests.
Detroit’s likely starting five will be composed of Rodney Stuckey, Arron Afflalo, Tayshaun Prince, Kwame Brown, and Antonio McDyess tonight.
PURSUIT OF SIXTY
Still, although the Lake Show are essentially facing Detroit’s B-team tonight, they must not overlook the Pistons if they are going to reach their goal of 60 wins by the end of the road trip.
“We want to come home with 60 wins,” Lakers coach Phil Jackson said after Tuesday’s victory over the Thunder. “That’s an important part of it for us.”
Tip-off tonight is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. PST on KCAL 9.
Up next for the Lakers: Detroit (LATimes.com, March 26, 2009)
Lakers have a chance to sneak in a victory over Pistons on Thursday (LATimes.com, March 26, 2009)