San Antonio Spurs at Los Angeles Lakers
7:00 PM Pacific time / 10:00 PM Eastern Time
Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA
TV: Local: TWC Sportsnet, TWC Deportes (Los Angeles), KENS 5 (San Antonio) National: ESPN
Line: Los Angeles Lakers + 8
Los Angeles Lakers: 1-7, 15th (last) in the Western Conference
San Antonio Spurs: 4-3, 8th in the Western Conference
Record vs. each other (2013-14 season): Lakers were 1-3 versus the Spurs last season.
Out: Nick Young (thumb), Steve Nash (back), Julius Randle (leg), Wayne Ellington (personal), Ronnie Price (suspension)
Questionable: Ryan Kelly (Hamstring)
The Lakers do not list Ryan Kelly on the team's injury report – which suggests he may be playing Friday vs. Spurs
— Eric Pincus (@EricPincus) November 13, 2014
Byron Scott says Ryan Kelly is "good to go" for tonight's game against the Spurs
— J.A. Adande (@jadande) November 14, 2014
Out: Tiago Splitter (calf), Marco Belinelli (groin),
*injury updates via Rotoworld.com
- The Lakers are off to a horrible start at 1-7 which is partly due to their very tough schedule to start the season. The combine record of the 7 teams in which the Lakers have lost to this season are 34-13 which equates to a 72.3 winning percentage. It doesn’t get any easier with the defending NBA champions coming to town today and then facing the 6-2 Golden State Warriors on Sunday.
- One of the only bright spots for the Lakers this season has been Kobe Bryant who is doing the unheard of for a player that is both age 36 and coming off 2 devastating injuries. Bryant currently leads the league in scoring at 27.5 points per game; although Bryant is shooting a very poor 38.8 percent from the field, he has been the recipient of really tight coverage from defenses, especially in the 4th quarters where teams have really been keying in on making him take tough shots.
- James Harden is 2nd in the league in scoring at 25.1 points per game, shooting 38.7 percent from the field and 30.9 from 3 which are both lower than Kobe Bryant.
- Bryant is averaging 5.4 points in the 4th quarter, shooting 31 percent from the field and 25 percent from 3, all of which are the lowest of the 4 quarters.
- The Spurs are off to a slow start this season at 4-3 and with their usually very smooth running, efficient offense which currently ranks towards the bottom of the league in points per game (24th) and offensive efficiency rating (23rd); however, the Spurs defense has been solid, ranking at the top of the league in opposition points per game (5th) and defensive efficiency rating (8th.)
- Tony Parker is leading the Spurs in scoring this season at 17.1 points per game and shooting at an eye-catching efficiency of 52.5 percent from the field and 66.7 percent from 3.
- Kobe Bryant is beginning to get a little bit more help on the offensive end from Carlos Boozer and Jeremy Lin. In the last 3 games Boozer is averaging 17.3 points and shooting 56.8 percent from the field. Jeremy Lin is averaging 16.0 points and shooting 51.6 percent from the field and 45.5 percent from deep in the last 3 games.