No Pau Gasol. No Dwight Howard. How are the Lakers’ chances looking? Not too good. Especially since they are on a five game losing streak looking to play the defending Western Conference Champions, Oklahoma City Thunder. So if the Lakers don’t play on playing defense tonight, things will get ugly. At least the Lakers will have point guard Steve Nash this time around. Last time these two teams met in Oklahoma, Nash and Gasol were both out and the Lakers lost 114-108.
This won’t be a close game, UNLESS that team that played Brooklyn showed up. However, that seems highly unlikely. There is much else to say about this game considering how badly injured this Los Angeles team is and how poorly they have played. OKC definitely wins this one and puts the Lakers even further down in the standings. Lakers or Thunder, who you takin?
The Knicks may have won the first battle, but the Lakers think they have found their saviors. Yes, Steve Nash and Pao Gasol have returned for the second match-up of these two teams. The last time these two teams met in New York, they both watched from the bench. Kobe Bryant and Carmelo Anthony are both leading the league in scoring so this will be a very high scoring game if these two get hot. The Lakers have seemed to start turning things around and look to continue their winning streak.
Steve Nash is a huge addition for the Lakers as he fits into the D’Antoni offense. However, don’t sleep on the Knicks who remain one of the best teams in the league right now. Amar’e Stoudemire did travel with the team, but will not play today. The Knicks have filled his void very nicely almost to the point that he may be a bench player.
I think Kobe is more pumped for this game and will continue his 30 points a game streak. He knows how to play on Christmas and how to defend his stadium. I think the Lakers come out with the win. The Knicks will hang around, but the Lakers are on a roll right now. Lakers or Knicks, who you takin?