Apr 15, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum (17) is defended by Dallas Mavericks forwards Vince Carter (25) and center Brendan Haywood (33) at the Staples Center. The Lakers defeated the Mavericks 112-108 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

Spurs (43-16) vs. Lakers (39-22) notes


– Time: 9:30 p.m.

– TV: TNT

– Radio: WOAI-AM 1200, KCOR-AM 1350

– Spurs injury report: None.

– Lakers injury report: Kobe Bryant (tenosynovitis) is day-to-day. Jordan Hill (sprained MCL) is questionable. Ramon Sessions (sprained left shoulder) is probable.

– Best offensive lineup: Sessions-Bryant-World Peace-Gasol-Bynum (141.1 minutes) scores 113.5 points per 100 possessions on 48.2 percent shooting.

– Best defensive lineup: The Fisher-Bryant-World Peace-Pau-Bynum only allowed 97.7 points per 100 possessions while allowing a measly 41.6 percent shooting. Of course, neither Fisher or Kobe will be in uniform tonight.

– Best overall lineup: The Sessions-Bryant-World Peace-Gasol-Bynum outscores their opponents by 10.2 points per 100 possessions.

– The Spurs shot 13-for-24 from behind the arc (54.2 percent). Their downfall, though, was their irreparable 35.1 percent on 2-pointers.

– Despite getting outrebounded (60-33), the Spurs were able to match the Lakers in points in the paint.

– The Lakers defense played relatively well but they were susceptible to ball movement; the Spurs assisted on 78.8 percent of their buckets.

– In five games without Kobe, Andrew Bynum is averaging 22 points and 16.6 rebounds. The Lakers are 9-7 when Bynum notches 20 points and 10 rebounds.

– Pau Gasol has played well in his absence, averaging 22 points and 10.6 rebounds. The Lakers 8-4 when Pau notches 20 points and 10 rebounds.

– My guess is that the artist formerly known as Ron Artest won’t have the same amount of success tonight. Peace scored 26 points on 10-of-15 shooting (including five 3-pointers), shots that had a really high degree of difficulty. I’m going to count his line as an anomaly that probably won’t repeat itself again.

– Not only were the Spurs beaten down on the glass, they only managed to get to the free throw line nine times.

– The Lakers, unusually, converted on 47.8 percent of their 3-pointers against San Antonio. 10 of their 11 3-pointers were assisted.

– The Lakers shot 5-of-18 from 3-9 feet in their last game against the Spurs, for an astronomically low 27.8 percent.

– The Spurs got to the line nine times against the Lakers, matching their season-low. The nine attempts also represents their lowest total since March 13th, 2010 in a 30-point blowout over the Clippers.

– Without Kobe, the Lakers are 4-1. They are scoring 102.2 points per game while allowing 101 points.

– In 18 games with the Lakers, Ramon Sessions is averaging 13.6 points, 6.9 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 49.7 percent shooting.

– The Lakers bench accounted for 25 points while the Spurs bench scored 42 points.

– The Spurs are on their second game of a back-to-back-to-back while the Lakers haven’t played since their 14 point victory over the Phoenix Suns on Saturday.

Tags: Andrew Bynum Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers Metta World Peace Pau Gasol San Antonio Spurs