Lakers (36-22) vs. Spurs (40-15) notes
— Time: 7:30 p.m.
— TV: FSNSW.
— Radio: WOAI-AM 1200, KCOR-AM 1350.
— Spurs injury report: None.
— Lakers injury report: Kobe Bryant (tenosynovitis, left shin) is out. Jordan Hill (sprained MCL, right knee) is questionable.
— The Spurs and Lakers will face each other three times in the next 10 days.
— San Antonio is 23-4 at the AT&T Center. The Lakers are 23-6 at home but a mere 13-16 on the road.
— The Spurs are 26-11 against above .500 teams.
— Point guard Ramon Sessions will be asked to handle Kobe’s strenuous work load tonight. The Lakers are 9-6 after the deal with Cleveland and 7-4 since his inclusion into the starting lineup.
— Devin Ebanks (7.8 PER) will be starting at small forward for the third consecutive night. He’s averaged 29 minutes, nine points, three rebounds off 44.4 percent shooting.
— Matt Bonner needs two 3-pointers to Michael Finley for 4th on Spurs’ all-time list.
— The benefits of two days rest, despite the national medias persistent qualms, are tangible for Tim Duncan. He averages 17.5 points and 10.3 rebounds with ample time to heal.
— The Lakers are a top heavy team. Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol both average over 35 minutes, respectively.
— Bynum has recorded 15 games with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds; Los Angeles is 8-7 in those games.
— In the last five minutes of the fourth quarter or overtime — also defined as “clutch” — Bynum scores 29.5 points per 48 minutes with a 82.1 field goal percentage.
— The Lakers — seventh in offensive rebounding rate — are 7-7 when they corral 15-plus offensive rebounds.
— When the Lakers allow their opponent to shoot 43 percent or less, they are 23-6. The Lakers are also 29-8 when they shoot 45 percent or better from the field.
— The Lakers have been outscored by 9.9 points per 100 possessions in their two games without Kobe.
— The Lakers are 22-5 when they surpass their season average of 22 assists.
— 44.3 percent of the Lakers’ shots are inside of nine feet. The Lakers happen to convert from the rim and from 3-9 feet at an above-average rate.
— The Lakers have turned the ball over more than their opponent in 12 straight games.
— Los Angeles is 30th in steals per game (5.8) and 27th in 3-point percentage (31.6 percent).
— Like the Spurs, the Lakers do an excellent job in playing defense without fouling. They average 17.4 personal fouls a game, good for third behind Chicago and the aforementioned Spurs.
— Opposing teams attempt 22.9 shots from 16-23 feet — league average is 19.9 –, generally considered as the least efficient shot in basketball. They allow 23.9 shots at the rim compared to league average 24.7.
— In three games against the Lakers last year, Tony Parker averaged 19.3 points, 2.7 assists and 51 percent shooting.