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Lakers vs. Pistons Game Preview: Motown during the Grammys

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La-kers basket-ball.

NBA: Detroit Pistons at Los Angeles Lakers Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers roll along through their five-game Grammy's road trip, next making a stop in Motown. The Detroit Pistons beat the Lakers a few weeks ago, but the purple and gold get another crack at the Stan Van Gundy-led team Wednesday afternoon.

The Lakers looked great in their win over the New York Knicks, outrebounding and outplaying Carmelo Anthony's squad in Madison Square Garden handily. Head coach Luke Walton's lineup changes worked out, though pinning their success in New York on that alone is quite the leap of logic. Regardless, it played out in the Lakers' favor, and that should be enough to get everyone's stamp of approval for the time being.

Except Timofey Mozgov's, of course, who soaked a DNP while Tarik Black accounted for a team-best +34 scoring margin while on the floor. Brandon Ingram also played well with the starting unit, and even with D'Angelo Russell playing what felt like a minor role, the Lakers rolled.

Andre Drummond missed the Pistons' previous game with an unspecified injury, but it's "likely" he will be available for Detroit. Drummond was a beast for the Pistons last time around against the Lakers, scoring 15 points with 17 rebounds to go with that. Tobias Harris and Marcus Morris both dropped 23 points, so putting the clamps on them just a bit would be great.

If the improved play Monday wasn't just another of the Lakers' mirages we've seen this season, this should be a good game. Neither team is playing at a particularly high or consistent level this year, so buckle up for a doozy with an early tip-off time. Enjoy the game!

Time: 4:30 p.m. PT

TV: Spectrum SportsNet