The Lakers will play short-handed, starting the season with injuries to
Price and Ellington will probably play this week, although not in the opener against the
Tuesday vs. Houston
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The Rockets will finish with a better record than the Lakers this season, but in a game of emotion expect Howard to struggle with foul trouble, and the Lakers to surprise Houston with an opening-night victory.
Wednesday at Phoenix Suns
The Lakers gave the Suns a challenge in a recent preseason battle, but playing on the road on the second night of a back-to-back at the Phoenix home-opener?
The Suns' trio of guards (
The Clippers didn't look great through the preseason, but they're going to be one of the top teams in the NBA this year.
The combination of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan and Jamal Crawford is more than the Lakers will be able to handle.
The Lakers upset the Clippers last year on opening night, playing without Bryant. They'll have a difficult time getting a win this week.
The Lakers are going to have a difficult time beating the Warriors all season, let alone on the team's second back-to-back in the first five days of the year.
Golden State simply has too much firepower, starting with guards
It won't be close.