Open thread: Regular season game 17 vs. Los Angeles Lakers

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The Essentials:
Lakers (15-2) at Wizards (3-13)
7 p.m.
Verizon Center
CSN

Last year:
February 3: Lakers 103, Wizards 91
March 30: Lakers 126, Wizards 120 (OT)

Notable Lakers numbers this season (pound the salt):
2nd (1st West) in expected winning percentage (.852)
3rd (2nd) in pace factor (96.1 possessions per game)
3rd (2nd) in offensive efficiency/offensive rating (113.1)
2nd (1st) in defensive efficiency/defensive rating (99.8)

Notable Lakers numbers last season:
3rd (1st West) in expected winning percentage (.436)
6th (5th) in pace factor (95.6 possessions per game)
3rd (3rd) in offensive efficiency/offensive rating (113)
5th (3rd) in defensive efficiency/defensive rating (105.5)

Key Links (drop any others in the comments)

Forum Blue and Gold
Lakers Nation
LA Times Lakers blog

Wizards Insider: The Other Side: Los Angeles Lakers

Truth's Q&A with Forum Blue and Gold

TAI return Q&A about the Wiz with FB&G
WI on Nick Young's return to LA
FB&G on the Lakers defensive slippage
Lakers Nation preview
Wizards wearing the throwback jerseys tonight

Starting Lineups:
Lakers
PG: Derek Fisher
SG: Black Mamba
SF: Vladimir Radmanovic
PF: Pau Gasol
C: Andrew Bynum

Wizards
PG: Dee Brown
SG: DeShawn Stevenson
SF: Caron Butler
PF: Antawn Jamison
C: JaVale McGee

Tonight's Lines
Lakers at Wizards: Lakers by 10.5
Over/Under on Total Scoring: 213

We will likely lose.  Let's hope it's not by a lot.

GO WIZARDS!

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