NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Sunday, January 13th (All times eastern)
Memphis Grizzlies (10-26) at Los Angeles Lakers (24-11), 9:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Lakers will try to stay perfect in the new year when they close out a short two-game homestand tonight versus the Memphis Grizzlies at the Staples Center.
Los Angeles is 5-0 so far in January and opened the homestand with a 110-105 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday. Kobe Bryant overcame a viral upper respiratory infection to score 37 points and dish out seven assists for the Lakers, who have won three in a row at home and own a 14-5 mark at the Staples Center this season.
Andrew Bynum added 25 points and a career-best 17 rebounds in the win, while Jordan Farmar contributed 13 points and Luke Walton had 10 for LA, which has won 15 of its last 18 games overall.
On the injury front for the Lakers, forward Vladimir Radmanovic is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Memphis with a sprained right ankle.
Meanwhile, the Grizzlies have lost three straight and will close out a three- game road trip on Sunday against the Lakers. They are an abysmal 4-14 as the guest in 2007-08.
The Grizzlies fell to 0-2 on the trek after suffering a 116-104 setback to the Golden State Warriors on Friday at ORACLE Arena. Pau Gasol finished one point shy of a career high with 43 points for Memphis, while Juan Carlos Navarro added 20 points.
Memphis has dropped nine of its last 11 games overall.
The Lakers recorded a 117-101 win over the Grizzlies on January 8 this season at FedExForum, but Memphis has won four of seven and eight of the last 12 meetings.
Memphis has won four of its last five at the Lakers.
01/13 10:38:01 ET