NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, December 14th (All times eastern)
Los Angeles Lakers (11-10) at Memphis Grizzlies (13-7), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Lakers conclude a six-game road trip when they travel to Memphis tonight to face the Grizzlies at the FedExForum.
The Lakers have had success on their road trip, as they have won four of their five contests. On Monday, superstar Kobe Bryant scored 43 points and hit a wild go-ahead three-pointer with 34.9 seconds left to boost the Lakers to a 109-106 victory over the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center.
Bryant hit on 15-of-33 field goal attempts and Lamar Odom totaled 15 points and 11 rebounds in the win over Dallas for the Lakers, who have won five of their last six games overall. Luke Walton played just seven minutes for Los Angeles, but came up with a huge offensive rebound and two free throws in the closing seconds.
After tonight's game the Lakers return to the Staples Center for a three-game homestand. They will host Washington, Houston and Dallas on the upcoming stand.
The Lakers are 7-5 on the road this season.
Memphis begins a five-game homestand and will attempt to halt a two-game losing streak. On Saturday, All-Star Jermaine O'Neal scored 20 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, as the Indiana Pacers cruised to a 80-66 victory over the Grizzlies at Conseco Fieldhouse.
Shane Battier led the Grizzlies with 13 points and Pau Gasol finished with11 points on just 2-of-12 shooting in the loss to the Pacers. Damon Stoudamire tallied 10 points for Memphis, which is 6-4 in its last 10 games overall.
The Grizzlies are 6-3 as the host this season. They will also host Phoenix, Detroit, Portland and Chicago on the current homestand.
This is the second meeting of the season between the clubs. On November 14th, Gasol finished with 20 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks to lead the Grizzlies over the Lakers, 85-73, at the FedExForum
The home team has won seven of the last eight meetings in this series. The Lakers have lost five straight after winning their last three at Memphis.
12/14 10:20:21 ET