Lakers BasketBlog: Subsequent to L.A.’s Wednesday morning shootaround, head coach Phil Jackson said that Lamar Odom would likely move into the starting lineup for the 7:30 p.m. tip against Houston.

The decision that would put Andrew Bynum onto the bench won’t become concrete until, at the earliest, Jackson’s pregame media session. Here are a few guesses, in ABCDE-style, as to why Jackson might make the change:

A) Bynum’s inclusion in the starting lineup can limit the early offensive activity for Pau Gasol, who’s among the league’s best when the action runs through him whether he’s shooting or passing.

B) Of the two low-post scorers, Gasol may have a better chance of getting Rockets center Yao Ming to commit fouls on the low block, or at least forcing him to play 1-on-1 defense in the paint. Furthermore, the threat of Gasol’s 15-footer is likely to force Yao out of the lane at times, in contrast to Game 1 where he was most effective when camped out in the lane. With the big man stepping out, driving lanes open for L.A.’s wing players.

C) Starting gives Odom the best chance to get into the flow of the game, which will be particularly important heading into the fourth quarter. Coming off the bench in the regular season is different from the playoffs, since the minutes are less loosely dispersed. Odom played 16 minutes in the first half of Monday’s loss, but only managed four points, two boards and an assist. He finished with nine points, five boards and three assists in 31 minutes and missed 6-of-7 free throw attempts.

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    FIRST
    MAYBE HE CAN MISS MORE FREETHROWS AND LAYUPS! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

  • will

    Is there a website anywhere showing Odom’s stats when he starts games, how well he does?

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  • kobe8

    Thank you. Start Odom and let Bynum work himself into the starting lineup.

  • http://myspace.com/badlatinmutha JohnJOhn

    Chinamen says Goo Idea.

  • ab4sure

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    First to be a Beeyatch!!!

    Forget this idiot… This is a good move all the way around. Pau forces Yao more outside the paint and it will also give us a faster lineup. Bynum can come in gradually and won’t feel the pressure off the bench.

  • Michael_23

    Pau is gonna get more points when he starts, but I don’t know if he can stop Yao Ming defensively. He’ll need to be double teamed.

  • lamar odom

    thank you pHILL

  • Juan

    This is such CRAP from Phil he needs to make up his ming and quit changing the line up , this is not only draining the confidance out of Bynum but why in the hell are we having to adjust to Houston aren’t we the number 1 seed they should be matching up with us not the the other way around . The last time a one seed starting to change the lineup was the Dallas Mavs when Golden State punked them

  • Bynum from the playboy mansion

    Me and Lamar just smoked a fatty to get ready for the game. I love that shyt LO brings to the game.

  • PauLAsol

    LO practice ur damn FT!!! everytime i see odom on the line i swear to u i always have flashbacks of the last game vs celdicks