The Lakers are underdogs tonight. Large underdogs. Vegas has the line at 9 to 10 points in the Spurs' favor, and though I haven't really researched the point I'd be surprised if they've ever faced a point spread this big in the Pau Gasol era. That's what you get when you combine (a) no Kobe Bryant (out for a third straight contest with a sore left shin), (b) a road game against one of the four best teams in the league, and (c) a Lakers team that just got annihilated in Phoenix and just barely escaped New Orleans with a win.
Draw down your inventories of intoxicating fluids whenever someone mentions:
- That Metta World Peace inbounds play against the Hornets,
- How Gregg Popovich rested Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili against Utah the other night,
- Whether NBA players should be compensated for participating in the Olympics,
- How the Lakers and Spurs play three times in 10 days, or
- The Riverwalk.
Eight games left.