Pre-Game Report: Lakers @ Pacers

Pre-Game Report: Lakers @ Pacers

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The Lakers have finally gotten center Andrew Bynum back in the line-up and are seeking revenge against the Indiana Pacers. The Pacers shocked the Lakers and their fans in their last meeting at Staples Center, beating L.A. on November 28th. As for tonight, the starting line-ups for both teams should look something like this.

Los Angeles Lakers' Lamar Odom goes to the basket against Washington Wizards' Kevin Seraphin during the third quarter at the Verizon Center in Washington on December 14, 2010. UPI/Kevin Dietsch Photo via Newscom


Lakers – Pacers

Derek Fisher – Darren Collison

Kobe Bryant – Brandon Rush

Ron Artest – Danny Granger

Lamar Odom – Josh McRoberts

Pau Gasol – Roy Hibbert

Roy Hibbert arguably had one of his best games in his career the last time these two teams met. The 7 foot 2 candidate for Most Improved Player of the Year put up 24 points, 12 rebounds, and 6 assists. He will only get better as the year goes along.

Danny Granger sat out the last game against the Bulls in which the Pacers simply got destroyed. They lost 93-72 in Chicago. It looks like he’ll be back tonight.

Darren Collison has been mentioned in articles lately in not so much of a positive note. Collison has been benched in 4th quarters and crunch time situations to A.J. Price and T.J. Ford. Darren cannot figure out totally why he isn’t in the game when the team really needs him.

This should be an exciting game between the Lakers and the Pacers. With Bynum back in the mix the Lakers are looking to start competing at a much higher level than they’ve been at so far this season. Tonight will be a good test for the Lakers now that they’re fully healthy.