Gasol, who won two titles with the Lakers, left for Chicago during the offseason as a free agent. As a Bull, Gasol will represent the Eastern Conference as an All-Star starter next month.
The Lakers just lost their All-Star,
Gasol pairs with
Noah, when healthy, is one of the best defensive centers in the league -- capable of guarding power forwards. Gasol is the inside scorer of the two but is playing well on both sides this season -- blocking 2.2 shots a night (up from last year's 1.5).
The Lakers will find it difficult to score against the Chicago pair, while Gasol's 18.3 points a night will be a challenge for the Lakers defensively.
When he gets hot, Rose is still one of the top scorers in the world.
On the season, he's averaging 18.6 points with 4.9 assists a game while shooting 41.6% from the field.
Rookie Jordan Clarkson will be tested once again, in what should be the fourth start of his career.
The Lakers also have Jeremy Lin,
The Bulls are one the best teams in the East. The Lakers are one of the worst in the West.
Put the road team down for the win.