NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, March 9th
(All times eastern)
Los Angeles Lakers (33-29) at Philadelphia 76ers (23-38), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Philadelphia 76ers try to wrap up a perfect
homestand this evening when they welcome the Los Angeles Lakers to the
Philadelphia has won the first five games of its six-game homestand and posted
a 92-89 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics on Wednesday night. Andre
Iguodala recorded his third triple-double of the season with 25 points, 11
rebounds and 10 assists to lead the Sixers.
Andre Miller finished with 17 points, while Sam Dalembert pulled down 20
boards for Philadelphia, which is riding its longest winning streak of the
season and improved to 15-15 at the Wachovia Center in 2006-07.
The Sixers have won six in a row as the host and are five games off the eighth
and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Meanwhile, Los Angeles has lost four straight and will close out a four-game
road trip at Philadelphia. The Lakers are 0-3 so far on the trek and suffered
a 110-90 setback to the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday at the Bradley Center.
Los Angeles played without star guard Kobe Bryant, who was serving a one-game
suspension for his elbow to Marko Jaric's head in Tuesday night's double-
overtime loss to Minnesota. The play was similar to the one that earned him
the same suspension earlier this season after striking San Antonio's Manu
Ginobili on the follow-through of a shot attempt.
Bryant is expected to be back in the lineup this evening. Maurice Evans had a
team-high 22 points in the win against Milwaukee and Brian Cook tallied 20 for
Los Angeles, which has lost 10 of its last 13 games.
Forward Ronny Turiaf (back spasms) is questionable for Friday's game against
Philadelphia. Los Angeles is sixth overall in the Western Conference
Friday's showdown between LA and Philly is the second and final meeting this
season. The Lakers won the first encounter, 104-94, on December 31 this season
at the Staples Center. Bryant scored 35 points, grabbed eight rebounds and
dished out six assists to lead the way.
Philadelphia has won four of the last seven meetings, while the Lakers have
lost six straight and eight of their last nine trips to the City of Brotherly
03/09 10:43:24 ET