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April 8,2014 — 7:30PM (PST)
STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA
TV: NBATV / TWC SportsNet
Radio: 710 ESPN (English) / 1330 ESPN (Spanish)

With the regular season winding down, the Lakers face off the Golden State Warriors, who currently find themselves fighting to keep the 8th place position in the Western Conference standings.

Tuesday night’s game symbolizes the lack of care on the defensive end throughout this season. Although they scored 130 points, they allowed 145 to the Houston Rockets, and the 4th quarter turned into a typical game one might see on a playground basketball court.

The only positive from last game was PG Steve Nash passing Warriors Head Coach Mark Jackson for 3rd place on the all-time assist leaderboard. However, Nash will most likely miss the rest of this season as he has another relapse with his nerve issues and might consider retirement following this season.

Meanwhile, PG Stephen Curry has blossomed into one of the best offensive players in the NBA, scoring 23.5 PPG while dishing out 8.5 APG.

PG Steve Blake will make his return to Staples Center tonight for the first time since getting traded to the Warriors for SG MarShon Brooks and G Kent Bazemore.

PG – Stephen Curry Kendall Marshall [Advantage: Rockets]
SG – Klay Thompson / Jodie Meeks [Advantage: Rockets]
SF – Andre IgudolaWesley Johnson [Advantage: Rockets]
PF – David Lee Ryan Kelly [Advantage: Even]
C – Andrew Bogut Jordan Hill [Advantage: Rockets]

Notable Bench Players

Rockets: G Steve Blake, F Draymond Green, C Jermaine O’Neal Jordan Crawford PG Steve Blake

Lakers:  C Robert Sacre, F Wesley Johnson, PG Jordan Farmar, F/G Nick Young

Bench Advantage: Warriors

Injury List

Rockets:

Lakers: Out-G Kobe Bryant, Out-C Pau Gasol, Out-G Xavier Henry, Out-G Kent Bazemore, Out-C Chris Kaman, Doubtful-PG Steve Nash

Bottom Line

With firepower a like Curry, SG Klay Thompson, and SF Andre Igudola, it will most likely be too much talent disadvantage for the Lakers to overcome even if they play with a lot of energy tonight. More importantly for the Lakers players tonight, it will be one of their last few auditions to determine whether they are worthy of staying on this roster next season or signing on with another team. PG Kendall Marshall and C Robert Sacre will be the only 2 players who will not be free agents following this season.

Prediction

Warriors 127-113