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Lakers' Lamar Odom To Start In Place Of Artest

It looks like Phil Jackson will try to utilize the Lakers' strength by going big for tonight's game.

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According to Marc Spears, Odom expects to be named in the starting lineup. 

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The decision to go with Odom is interesting. With Odom starting, the Lakers bench becomes less of a factor. Also, with a team that has looked fatigued at times in this series, they will be relying on their starters to play heavy minutes tonight. They would be in deep trouble if any of their starters picked up any early fouls. Of course, nothing is official and it was reported earlier this morning that Shannon Brown was going to start with Kobe moving to small forward.

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Whatever the case may be, the Lakers will be giving a mammoth effort tonight and the Mavericks will have to be prepared for everything.

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Game three is at 8:30.

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