NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, March 11th (All times eastern)
Toronto Raptors (34-28) at Los Angeles Lakers (44-19), 10:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Lakers wrap up a three-game homestand, as they host the Toronto Raptors tonight at the Staples Center.
This is the second and final meeting of the campaign between the clubs. On February 1, superstar Kobe Bryant scored 46 points as the Lakers crushed the Raptors, 121-101, at Air Canada Centre.
The Lakers have won four of the last five contests in the series. Toronto has lost five straight and six of its last seven at the Lakers.
The Raptors are 2-9 at the Lakers.
Los Angeles is 1-1 on its current homestand. On Sunday, Beno Udrih scored 25 points, including the go-ahead free throw with 4.6 seconds left, as the Sacramento Kings upset the Lakers by a 114-113 score.
Bryant finished with 26 points and Pau Gasol, who had scored the go-ahead basket with 15.1 seconds left, registered 25 points, seven rebounds and nine assists in the loss for the Lakers, who had their three-game winning streak halted. Lamar Odom ended with 16 points and 10 boards in defeat.
The Lakers are 22-8 at home this season. After tonight's contest, they will embark on a tough three-game road trip at Houston, Dallas and Utah.
The Raptors open a five-game road trip on Tuesday. Anthony Parker scored 23 points to lead Toronto to a 114-106 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics on Sunday at the Air Canada Centre.
Rasho Nesterovic poured in a season-high 17 points and dished out six assists for the Raptors, who have won two of their last three games overall. Andrea Bargnani scored 16 points in the victory, while Carlos Delfino netted 15 off the bench.
Toronto, which is 2-2 in its last four games as the visitor, is 15-15 on the road this season. The Raptors will also visit Golden State, Denver, Sacramento and Utah on the swing.
03/11 10:59:57 ET