Will the Lakers Win Second in a Row Tonight? Ever?

In the topsey-turvy NBA, with Houston losing to Golden State, Golden State losing to Phoenix, Memphis losing to Milwaukee, and the Lakers beating Charlotte all over the last three days, can anything happen? Can the Lakers win their second in a row? The answer to both questions is no. Say goodbye to the winner’s circle, Lakers, and for several days. Sunday’s game against an improved but still bad Hornets’ team looked awhile back like the one and only game the Lakers would win over their first dozen or so games, and as they prepare to take on the Grizzlies tonight, with upcoming games in places like New Orleans and Houston and Dallas, and home games against the defending champ Spurs and Golden

State, don't expect an addition to the win column until Thanksgiving. Or Christmas.

The difference in Sunday's game was that the Lakers' hit their shots - 51.2%, including six-of-17 on three-pointers - while the Hornets did not, shooting 44.3% and an abysmal three-of-14 on threes. The Lakers number was five percentage points over their season number, but Charlotte's 44.3% was actually higher than their season
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average, so don’t be too fast to credit any improvement in the alleged Lakers’ defense for the game stats or for the win.

A couple of other stats do not bode well for tonight’s game. First is the fact that the Lakers are still the worst defensive team in the NBA, allowing 112.7 points per game and allowing their opponents to hit 48.4% of their shots, and second, is the reality that Memphis gives up the least points of any team, holding their opponents to a measly 87.6 per game. The last team to hold the league under 90 points per game for a full season was….. Memphis, during the 2012-2013 season.

Memphis will also be coming out looking to get back in the win column following their one-point loss to Milwaukee, a last-second loss on a three-point play by the Buck's Brandon Knight.

Match-ups up front tonight will benefit the bulky Grizzles over the undersized Lakers. Carlos Boozer has the size to go up against Zack
Randolph, but his lack of defense will be thoroughly exploited by former Clipper Randolph, and in the middle there is no way the undersized Jordan Hill can keep up with the 7’1″ Marc Gasol. The Grizzlies have another seven-footer backing up up front as well, in Kosta Koufos, who is averaging over four boards per game in only 13 minutes.

Memphis also features a dominant defender in swing man Tony Allen, who will definitely spend much of the game guarding Kobe Bryant. The Lakers’ best and sometimes only solid offensive threat will have his hands full with Allen.

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