5 things to watch: Spurs vs. Lakers

The San Antonio Spurs (1-0) will get their first game on the road in the new season with a visit to L.A. to face the Lakers (1-1).  The Spurs and Lakers met in the opening round of last season's West playoffs where San Antonio handed L.A. an early exit with a sweep (4-0).  However, the Lakers have made changes including losing Dwight Howard to free agency (signed with Houston) and are still without Kobe Bryant who is recovering from an Achilles injury.

The Spurs are coming off a 101-94 win over the Grizzlies in the team's home opener. Kawhi Leonard led the Spurs with 14 points in the win but it was a costly win as Tim Duncan was injured (chest contusion) he suffered in the game. He traveled with the team to L.A. but is doubtful to play as he is day-to-day.

The Lakers are coming off a 94-125 loss to the Warriors in Oakland. Pau Gasol scored 12 with seven rebounds for L.A. in the loss.

And as the Spurs get set to kick-off a mini 3-game road trip, here are five things to watch for in tonight's contest.

• In their last 10 overall regular season games, the Lakers are 4-6 against the Spurs. At home, the Lakers are 6-4 in their last 10 regular season games against San Antonio.

• Last season, Tony Parker averaged 15.7 points, 7.0 assists and 3.7 rebounds in three games.

• The Lakers bench scored 76 points in the team's opening night game versus the Clippers.

• Seven different Lakers scored in double-figures in the season-opener against the Clippers.

• Tiago Splitter averaged a double-double, with 11.3 points and 11.0 rebounds in three games versus L.A. last season.

5 things to watch: Spurs vs. Lakers

The San Antonio Spurs (6-1) will take on the new-look Los Angeles Lakers (3-4) in Los Angeles who haven't gotten off to good start. Aside from adding Steve Nash and Dwight Howard to the mix, the Lakers went through a coaching change firing former Spurs assistant coach Mike Brown and added Mike D'Antoni. Needless to say, this Lakers team will need a bit more time to get some chemistry on the court.

The Spurs are coming off a 112-109 win over Portland led by Gary Neal's career-high 27 points in the come back win. The Lakers are coming off a 103-90 win over the Kings and will be short-handed tonight. Nash will still be out due to injury (leg fracture) and Steve Blake will be out due to an abdominal strain. Chris Duhon will start in Blake's place.

And as these two Western Conference powers get set to meet tonight, here are five things to watch for during the game:

• The Lakers are 3-0 when leading or tied at halftime.

• Los Angeles is 0-3 when trailing after the first quarter.

• If the Lakers have five players scoring in double-figures, the team is 2-0 this season.

• Danny Green has connected on at least one three-pointer in 25 consecutive games in the regular season. This streak dates back to last season.

• When leading at halftime, San Antonio is 4-0.

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