The Los Angeles Lakers are finally back home in Southern California, but a game against the titan that Andre Drummond has become for the Detroit Pistons should make it an incredibly tough match to end their four-game losing streak.
Drummond has been an absolute monster to start the year, averaging 18.7 points and a stunning 19.2 rebounds per game through the first few weeks of the season. How the Lakers will contain him is anybody's guess, especially with only one actual center in the rotation with Roy Hibbert. Whenever Roy sits, or should he get into foul trouble, they could be in serious trouble. Just imagine Brandon Bass trying to cover and rebound against the latest standout Stan Van Gundy franchise center.
Reggie Jackson leads the Pistons in scoring, putting in 21.7 points per game on 43.5 percent shooting from the floor. Both he and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope make for interesting matchups for the Lakers' young backcourt. How D'Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson play will go a long way in determining how this game falls.
The Lakers did return to Los Angeles, but won't get to stay long. Their game against the Pistons is the first half of a back-to-back, with the purple and gold heading to Phoenix to face the Suns on Monday. The good news for the Lakers, though, is they'll have three days off before their next game following these two outings. They'll be off until Friday after this back-to-back.
Kobe Bryant and the gang will try to avoid their longest losing streak of the season, Andre Drummond will try to feast on a small frontcourt rotation, and the Lakers' young core will try to break back into the win column for the second time of the year. Enjoy the game!
Time: 6:30 p.m. PT