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The LA Lakers (12-32) host the Houston Rockets (30-14) tonight at the Staples Center. Tip off is set for 6:30 pm PST.

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Tonight, the LA Lakers will take on the Houston Rockets for the third time this season. The Rockets come into town without their big man in the middle, Dwight Howard, who suffered from an ankle injury in their last game. The Lakers made a significant tweak to their starting lineup on Friday, and will go with that same starting lineup tonight. The Lakers will be without Kobe Bryant (torn rotator cuff) & Tarik Black (sprained ankle), while Steve Nash & Julius Randle have been ruled out for the season. For a more in depth summary of tonight's match up, check out the game preview: Lakers @ Rockets Preview. Here are tonight's projected starters:

Los Angeles Lakers Houston Rockets
PG Jordan Clarkson Patrick Beverley
SG Wayne Ellington James Harden
SF Ryan Kelly Trevor Ariza
PF Jordan Hill Donatas Motiejunas
C Robert Sacre Joey Dorsey

Your drinking triggers for tonight include anyone mentioning:

  • Kobe's rotator cuff.

  • Kobe beating out Harden for the starting All-Star spot

  • The Lakers owning the Rockets first round draft pick this year.
  • Former Laker Trevor Ariza or Dwight Howard.

  • Former Rocket Jeremy Lin.

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Now, have at it.

LET'S GO LAKERS!

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