The highlight of L.A.’s heavy load of Warriors preseason games (three total) was clearly Shannon Brown’s monster dunk on Mikki Moore, but on Saturday night in Oakland the Lakers hope to do much of their damage with 7-footers Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum.
Golden State will be without its two best big men, Andris Biedrens (osteitis pubis) and Ronny Turiaf (left knee sprain), starting Moore at center and former Laker Vladimir Radmanovic at the four.
A few other things to upon which to keep an eye:
4 Games won by the Lakers in as many matchups last season. The Lakers have won 3-of-the-last-4 season series with Golden State.
8 Times the Lakers have won in their last 10 games at ORACLE Arena, including 7-of-8.
13.3 Points averaged by Derek Fisher in his best of two seasons with Golden State (2005-06).
14 Seasons since Golden State has won a season series against the Lakers (1994-95).
22 Career-high rebound total collected by Lamar Odom last season against Golden State (3/23/08), a day before he posted 21 more rebounds in a back-to-back. Odom also posted his first career triple-double against the Warriors (15 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists on 4/11/06).
26.6 Career average by Kobe Bryant against G.S., with a high-game of 51 points. His career average is 25.2 points, but this season, Bryant is second in the NBA in scoring (Carmelo Anthony) at 30.1 points per game after a hot start in the absence of Pau Gasol.
42 Career-high tying points for Monta Ellis in a loss against San Antonio (11/25), getting him to a 23.4 average that makes him 9th in the NBA. He’s also 2nd in the league in steals (2.5) 16th in assists (5.5) and 4th in minutes (39.7).
54.5 Three-point shooting percentage of Anthony Morrow, a second-year player who led the league in that category as an undrafted rookie.
69 Age of Warriors Head Coach Don Nelson, who will miss three more games with pnemonia. Assistant Keith Smart will continue to lead the team in place of Nelson.
80.6 Phil Jackson’s winning percentage against the Warriors while coach of the Lakers.
109.3 Golden State’s scoring average, good for 2nd in the NBA.
291 Meetings between the Lakers and Warriors in the regular season, 182 of which have been won by L.A.