12/18/12 Likely return of Gasol tonight; Bobcats at Lakers on TWC Sportsnet

Pau Gasol likely return to the Los Angeles Lakers
Michael Perez / AP


Charlotte Bobcats at Los Angeles Lakers


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

Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA

TV:   Local: TWC Sportsnet, TWC Deportes National: League Pass

Line: Los Angeles Lakers -12

2012-13 Records:

Los Angeles Lakers: 11-14, 12th in the Western Conference

Charlotte Bobcats: 7-16, 11th in the Eastern Conference

Record vs. each other (2012-13 season): Have not matched up this season.

  • Outside of any sudden setbacks, Pau Gasol is likely to make his return to the team in tonights match up against the Bobcats.  The Lakers have gone 3-5 in his absense.
  • Lakers feel a little better about themselves after two straight wins, albeit against a poor Washington team and an injury depleted Philadelphia squad.
  • After a suprising 7-5 start for the Bobcats they’ve fallen apart. They come in on an 11 game losing streak.
  • Kobe Bryant has scored 30 or more points in 6 straight games.
  • Kemba Walker is having a great sophomore year with the Bobcats as he leads the team in both scoring at 18.1 ppg and assist with 6.1 apg.
  • Former Laker Ramon Sessions makes his return to Los Angeles in a Bobcats uniform. He backs up starter Kemba Walker but is also having a solid season coming in off the bench. Sessions is 2nd on the team in scoring at 14.4 ppg and assist at 4.2 apg.  

– Fern Rea “@fullcourtfern”