Lakers vs. Spurs: San Antonio Will Embarass Putrid Los Angeles Defense

Josh SchochAnalyst IIIJanuary 9, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 26: Tony Parker #9 (L) jokes with teammate Tim Duncan #21 of the San Antonio Spurs on the bench during the second half of the Spurs 118-92 win over the Washington Wizards at Verizon Center on November 26, 2012 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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The San Antonio Spurs will host the struggling Los Angeles Lakers tonight, and things could get ugly.

The Spurs are going to tear apart LA's horrible defense, and this game will likely end in a blowout because of it.

The Spurs have emerged as one of the best teams in the talented Western Conference this year. By winning eight of their last 10 games, the Spurs are now 27-10 and will look to improve upon that record at home on Wednesday.

Tony Parker and San Antonio's aging core look as young as ever, as the team is third in points per game, and also leads the league in assists per contest.

The Lakers, on the other hand, are the biggest disappointment in the NBA.

After bringing in Steve Nash and Dwight Howard to join an already star-studded lineup, we expected the Lakers to compete for the best record in the league. However, injuries, an early-season coaching change and underperforming stars have led to the disappointing 15-19 record that the team now owns.

Coming off a 13-point loss in Houston on Tuesday night during which the Lakers gave up 125 points, the Lakers have now lost four straight.

As the two teams are set to meet in San Antonio on Wednesday, every factor of the game favors the Spurs, starting with the rest the two teams have had.

An aging, weary Lakers team was run out of the stadium on Tuesday and will be exhausted after traveling to San Antonio. The Spurs, however, were off on Tuesday and will have ample time to prepare for tonight's game.

Secondly, the Lakers are still plagued by injuries. With Dwight Howard out and Pau Gasol guaranteed to miss Wednesday night's contest as well, the team will likely have to play Metta World Peace at power forward again. That didn't work out against a small Rockets team which still out-rebounded the Lakers Tuesday.

The Lakers have problems defending inside and stopping opponents from grabbing offensive rebounds. While the Spurs are not particularly talented in either facet (ranking 20th in rebounds per game), the absence of LA's big men will help the Spurs dominate in these categories.

If that weren't enough, there is still the fact that the Lakers simply aren't playing tight defense to begin with. The team was seen lagging behind as the Rockets sprinted up court on Tuesday, and the Lakers simply couldn't stop the Rockets inside or out.

Los Angeles has been allowing opponents to drop 100 points with apparent ease. In their last 15 games, the Lakers have held opponents to under 100 points just four times, giving up 107.3 points per game during that span.

The Spurs have one of the best offenses in the league, and they will be facing one of the worst defenses in the league. I'm expecting at least 120 points from the team on Wednesday in another rout of the Lakers.