Reeling Los Angeles Lakers will probably get back on track against Pistons

Essentials

Teams: Detroit Pistons at Los Angeles Lakers

Date: Jan. 4, 2011

Time: 10:30 p.m.

Television: Fox Sports Detroit

Records

Pistons: 11-23

Lakers: 23-11

Probable starters

Pistons:

Lakers:

  • Derek Fisher
  • Kobe Bryant
  • Ron Artest
  • Pau Gasol
  • Andrew Bynum

Las Vegas projection

Spread: Pistons +12

Over/under: 196

Score: Lakers win, 104-92

Three things to watch

1. Catching the Lakers at the best or worst time?

The Lakers have lost four of six, and to them, that means the sky is falling. They’ll probably use the Pistons to get back on track, but there’s a slight chance the Pistons are catching them at the right time. I wouldn’t get my hopes up, though.

2. Can the Pistons slow Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol at all?

The last time these teams played, when Andrew Bynum was still out, Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom combined for 40 points and 26 rebounds. The Pistons have had trouble defending bigs all season. Any reason that should change tonight?

3. Rodney Stuckey’s health

Stuckey played just 14 minutes against off the bench against the Jazz after missing the previous two games with a stomach ailment. He told Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press it would take a couple more days to return to full strength.

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