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NBA : First Half Matchup
Monday 3/18/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore
 First Half Results



LA LAKERS (36 - 32) at PHOENIX (22 - 45)
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Monday, 3/18/2013 10:05 PM
Board First Half
519LA LAKERS-1.5
LA LAKERS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games36-32-9.529-3935-32102.552.246.0%54.4101.152.245.3%51.1
Road Games13-21-9.513-2119-15101.850.944.9%53.1104.254.046.4%51.7
Last 5 Games4-1+4.44-11-4100.047.845.6%55.893.847.640.8%54.4
Division Games6-5-0.85-67-4101.951.246.3%53.9101.251.545.3%49.6
LA LAKERS Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)102.552.237-8146.0%9-2536.0%19-2868.9%541122187155
vs opponents surrendering98.249.337-8245.2%7-2036.1%17-2275.5%501122208145
Team Stats (Road Games)101.850.936-8144.9%9-2536.3%20-2871.8%531120197155
Stats Against (All Games)101.152.240-8745.3%7-2135.8%14-2073.0%511223238135
vs opponents averaging98.549.537-8245.4%7-2035.9%17-2275.7%501122208145
Stats Against (Road Games)104.254.041-8746.4%8-2138.6%15-2073.9%521223238135

PHOENIX - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games22-45-15.825-4031-3494.648.944.2%49.9100.951.346.9%51.5
Home Games15-17-0.111-219-2293.447.243.3%50.896.249.145.8%51.8
Last 5 Games1-4-1.81-43-
Division Games4-8-2.45-75-695.248.944.5%49.0101.254.146.6%54.2
PHOENIX Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)94.648.937-8444.2%6-1732.4%15-2074.0%501222218155
vs opponents surrendering9849.237-8245.1%7-2035.8%17-2275.4%501122208145
Team Stats (Home Games)93.447.236-8443.3%6-1833.8%15-2073.3%511121209155
Stats Against (All Games)100.951.339-8246.9%7-1840.1%17-2274.6%521123188155
vs opponents averaging98.749.637-8245.4%7-2036.1%17-2375.8%501122208145
Stats Against (Home Games)96.249.137-8145.8%7-1837.5%16-2173.0%521021199165
Average power rating of opponents played: LA LAKERS 96.1,  PHOENIX 96.1
LA LAKERS - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
2/7/2013@ BOSTON95-116L1.5L194O36-8741.4%561246-8752.9%549
2/8/2013@ CHARLOTTE100-93W-6.5W206U36-8045.0%511338-8942.7%5510
2/10/2013@ MIAMI97-107L9L203.5O35-7050.0%371444-8055.0%4111
2/14/2013LA CLIPPERS101-125L4L201O38-7550.7%431646-8951.7%5014
2/24/2013@ DALLAS103-99W3W212U34-7247.2%531639-8744.8%4812
2/25/2013@ DENVER108-119L6.5L216O43-7855.1%491549-8855.7%539
3/5/2013@ OKLAHOMA CITY105-122L9.5L214.5O31-7740.3%591646-9647.9%482
3/6/2013@ NEW ORLEANS108-102W-2W204O38-7848.7%421138-8843.2%5917
3/12/2013@ ORLANDO106-97W-8.5W208.5U34-7346.6%611037-9339.8%5614
3/13/2013@ ATLANTA92-96L-3.5L204U36-9239.1%51837-7946.8%5812
3/15/2013@ INDIANA99-93W8.5W191O33-7842.3%571537-9937.4%6216
3/18/2013@ PHOENIX              
3/25/2013@ GOLDEN STATE              
3/27/2013@ MINNESOTA              
3/28/2013@ MILWAUKEE              
3/30/2013@ SACRAMENTO              

PHOENIX - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
2/6/2013@ NEW ORLEANS84-93L6.5L195U35-7844.9%461639-7552.0%4111
2/8/2013@ OKLAHOMA CITY96-127L14L205.5O39-8347.0%431650-8757.5%478
2/10/2013OKLAHOMA CITY69-97L8L204U30-9133.0%602234-7644.7%5013
2/12/2013@ LA LAKERS85-91L9.5W202U35-8541.2%551936-8343.4%5319
2/19/2013@ PORTLAND102-98W6.5W193O41-8250.0%561733-8041.2%4114
2/20/2013@ GOLDEN STATE98-108L8.5L205.5O40-8447.6%501442-8748.3%4710
2/24/2013SAN ANTONIO87-97L9L198.5U30-8137.0%592032-7244.4%4817
2/27/2013@ SAN ANTONIO105-101W16W198.5O44-9546.3%571535-8143.2%5717
3/8/2013@ SACRAMENTO112-121L7.5L210O43-9047.8%451345-8254.9%4615
3/13/2013@ HOUSTON81-111L12L212.5U34-8142.0%362039-7651.3%5822
3/15/2013@ ATLANTA94-107L9L193O35-7944.3%552441-8448.8%4520
3/16/2013@ WASHINGTON105-127L7.5L189.5O42-8847.7%521448-9351.6%4710
3/18/2013LA LAKERS              
3/27/2013@ UTAH              
4/3/2013@ LA CLIPPERS              
LA LAKERS: GUARDS: Coach Mike Brown will reportedly turn the offensive gameplan over to STEVE NASH, but it's tough to picture a smooth transition after so many years of iso-heavy play in L.A. Don't be surprised if Nash has a tough adjustment . . . KOBE BRYANT will also have to learn to play with the ball out of his hands more often. He still figures to force some hold-and-wait basketball when he can . . . STEVE BLAKE will be in the old Derek Fisher role, coming off the bench to shoot corner threes . . . CHRIS DUHON and DARIUS MORRIS will battle for that No. 3 point guard spot . . . JODIE MEEKS will back up Bryant and provide some long-range shooting off the bench . . . The young guys, ANDREW GOUDELOCK and second-rounder DARIUS JOHNSON-ODOM, will bounce between the bench and the D-League. FORWARDS: If L.A. redesigns their offense to fit Nash, PAU GASOL should thrive. He's adjusted his game to fit with Kobe's iso play, but Gasol can make the passes and cuts to create quick buckets in a Euro-style offense . . . METTA WORLD PEACE looked done early last season but rebounded for a solid second half. He's a distant fifth option on offense, but can still defend . . . ANTAWN JAMISON will likely fill a sixth-man role. His skill set is too narrow to play a lot of minutes with the starters . . . JORDAN HILL is in the rotation. He did a nice job rebounding and clearing out space last year . . . DEVIN EBANKS figures to be bumped out of the rotation by Jamison. CENTERS: DWIGHT HOWARD's back remains a bit of a concern, and it wouldn't be a shock to see him sit out a handful of regular season games. But when he plays, he'll put up the same kind of monster production that he had in Orlando . . . ROBERT SACRE will be lucky to make the roster.
PHOENIX: GUARDS: With Steve Nash gone, GORAN DRAGIC takes over at the point. He was a monster as a starter in Houston late last year, and he's familiar with Phoenix's system from his time there as Nash's backup . . . SHANNON BROWN is one of the league's better sixth men and could end up seeing close to starter minutes this year. Once just a raw athlete, he's made major strides as a shooter and ball-handler . . . KENDALL MARSHALL was a bit of a product of an absurdly talented supporting cast in college at UNC. He's got work to do to become an NBA-caliber starter, but he'll be capable enough as a backup point guard as a rookie . . . SEBASTIAN TELFAIR still can't hit an open jump shot, but will factor into the backcourt rotation. FORWARDS: LUIS SCOLA steps in as the starting four. While he's in his 30's and an underwhelming athlete, he's crafty and relentless . . . JARED DUDLEY will continue to be their main catch-and-shoot threat on the wing. It might take a while to develop an on-court chemistry with Dragic . . . MICHAEL BEASLEY has a chance to grab a starting spot. He rarely has his head on straight, but he can score . . . CHANNING FRYE, the sharp-shooting 7-footer, will likely miss the 2012-13 season due to an enlarged heart, but this condition is expected to completely heal . . . WESLEY JOHNSON gets a fresh start. He needs to start knocking down shots to land a rotation spot . . . MARKIEFF MORRIS showed flashes as a rookie, but has to make better decisions on the offensive end. He'll be a key on the second unit . . . Well-traveled P.J. TUCKER earned himself a roster spot with an impressive Summer League. CENTERS: MARCIN GORTAT had a great year-and-a-half alongside Steve Nash, and he'll have to prove he can create in the low post a little more. But he's a skilled big man who should pair nicely with Luis Scola as a scorer and passer in the post . . . Injury-riddled JERMAINE O'NEAL is still a strong low-post defender and shot-blocker.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO BASKETBALL PREVIEW (LA LAKERS-PHOENIX) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

*Lakers-Suns Preview* =====================


Los Angeles (36-32) at Phoenix (22-45), 10:00 p.m. EDT

Kobe Bryant may be out again, but the Los Angeles Lakers are doing just fine without him.

A meeting with the Phoenix Suns may afford them the luxury of resting him again.

With the status of their superstar doubtful, the Lakers attempt to continue their surge and create some breathing room in the Western Conference playoff race against the Suns on Monday night.

Bryant is hampered by a sprained left ankle and an apparent flu, but Los Angeles (36-32) has won both games since he sustained the injury in Wednesday's 96-92 loss at Atlanta. He returned two days later, but exited after 12 minutes and no points in a 99-93 win over Indiana.

The Lakers knew they would be without their star guard Sunday, but they overcame his absence to beat Sacramento 113-102.

"We're just not making any excuses," said forward Antawn Jamison, who helped pick up the scoring slack with 27 points - his highest total in over three months - to match Bryant's season average. "We just looked ourselves in the mirror and said, 'It's up to us to turn this thing around.' And I think we've been doing that since the All-Star break. We're finally playing the way we're capable of playing."

Los Angeles is 11-3 since the All-Star break, averaging 105.8 points while hitting 39.2 percent from beyond the arc. That's moved them into eighth in the West, one game ahead of ninth-place Utah and one-half back of Houston.

The Lakers have a chance to pull level with the idle Rockets, and will likely opt to keep the ball moving through Steve Nash if Bryant is out again.

"That ball moves, and there are some good guys out there on the floor," coach Mike D'Antoni said. "That ball needs to move, and if it does, then we're really good."

Nash's contributions have been key in the last two games. He had 19 points and 12 assists against the Kings, two days after getting 15 and nine, respectively, versus the Pacers.

The point guard is making his second visit to Phoenix (22-45) since being dealt for two draft picks last summer. He had 11 points and two assists while hitting 3 of 8 from the floor in a 92-86 loss in his last game there Jan. 30.

Metta World Peace is averaging 18.0 points while making 10 of 23 from 3-point range to help the Lakers win two of three season meetings with the Suns.

The forward is enjoying a terrific stretch entering this matchup, scoring 20.3 points on 56.8 percent shooting over the past three contests, including a 22-point effort Sunday.

Los Angeles may be in for another strong offensive performance against a Suns team that has been outscored by an average of 20.0 points during a four-game slide. They're surrendering 113.3 ppg during that stretch, while allowing opponents to shoot a staggering 50.6 percent from long range.

Phoenix is tied with New Orleans for the worst record in the West, and the team's defensive issues were at the forefront Saturday. They surrendered 14 3s en route to a 127-105 loss at Washington.

"I was embarrassed, and I know our guys feel the same way," coach Lindsey Hunter said. "The amount of points we gave up, the amount of 3s we gave up, rebounds, there was no aspect that we brought our focus to."

Michael Beasley, who scored 21 points against the Wizards, had a season-high 27 with five steals in the latest home meeting with the Lakers.

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