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The (28-11) Los Angeles Lakers are in Oakland for a back-to-back run against the (15-22) Golden State Warriors. Tonight’s game is the third of the four game series with their division rivals from the north. The Lakers won the first two games outscoring the Warriors by 52-points combined.

The Lakers demolished the Cavaliers last night in record setting fashion. The Purple and Gold came out energized, focused and displayed the killer mentality, leading to a rout that The Lakers Nation was waiting to see. The 57-points the Lakers held the Cavaliers to was a franchise record for fewest points allowed since the shot-clock era began in 1954-55. The double-nickel margin of victory was the third largest in franchise history.

The Lakers are riding a five-game winning streak. The most impressive thing is that during the streak, opponents have shot 40-percent from the field and have been held to an average of 83.8 points. The Warriors are one of the highest scoring teams in the league and present a different challenge.

It has been almost three years since the Warriors beat the Lakers. Golden State could be without Monta Ellis, one of the top scorers in the league. The Lakers have dominated the Warriors in Oakland, averaging 124 points on 49.8 percent shooting. They’ve also won 11 straight games over Golden State.

It is imperative that the Lakers come out energized, focused and ready to work. I am hoping that killer mentality displayed last night makes the trip to the East Bay. They need to continue to start their offense in the post and play inside out.

Establish Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol in the painted area and allow them to go to work. Andrew and Pau need to be aggressive on both ends of the floor and dominate the painted area.

The Lakers defense is improving with every game. Their defense, energy and offensive execution will lead the Purple and Gold to their 14th road win.

Starters
Lakers: D. Fisher, K. Bryant, R. Artest, P. Gasol, A. Bynum
Warriors:
S. Curry, M. Ellis, D. Wright, D. Lee, A. Biedrins

Tip-off: 7:30 PM PST

Television -

  • Los Angeles: KCAL 9 (Joel Myers & Stu Lantz)
  • Golden State: CSN Bay (Jim Barnett & Bob Fitzgerald)

Radio -

  • Los Angeles: KABC 790 AM (Spero Dedes & Mychal Thompson)
  • Golden State: KNBR 680 (Tim Roye)

Injuries -

Lakers:

  • Matt Barnes (Torn Lateral Meniscus, Right Knee) Out
  • Lamar Odom (Sore Left Shoulder) Probable
  • Theo Ratliff (Left Knee Surgery) Out

Warriors:

  • Monta Ellis (Flu-like Symtoms) Probable