NBA Game of the Day – 3/23/12 – Blazers at Lakers

 

Portland Trailblazers at Los Angeles Lakers

03/23/12

10:30 PM Eastern time / 7:30 PM Pacific time

Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA

TV: NBA League pass  Local: Fox Sports West (Directv 692)

Line: Los Angeles Lakers -9

2011-12 Records:

Portland Trailblazers: 22-25 (12th Western conference)

Los Angeles Lakers: 29-18 (3rd Western conference)

Record vs. each other: Tied 1-1

Players of interest:

Portland Trailblazers: Lamarcus Aldridge

Indiana Pacers: Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum

Why you want to watch:

  • Ramon Sessions will start his first game as a Los Angeles Laker and his first start since March 2nd, 2012.
  • Sessions is averging 12 points and 6 assist in his 4 games as a Los Angeles Laker. He is also shooting 57% from the field in those 4 games.
  • The Lakers beat the Trailblazers in their last meeting on February 2nd, 103-92 in Staples.
  • The Blazers are 2-2 since trading Gerald Wallace and Marcus Camby.
  • Nicolas Batum had 24 points on 9 for 15 shooting in a win against Memphis last night.
  • The Blazers are just 3 1/2 games from the 8th and final playoff spot.

– Fern Rea “@fullcourtfern”