The Lakers have now won 5 games in a row, and need this win to get within one game of the Utah Jazz for the 6th seed in the West. Shaq just completely overpowered the Clippers in the last game, with 33 points. Once again, Mark Madsen played with fierceness and intensity, and of course he screamed every time he made a basket. The Pistons are a defensive powerhouse, but they may not have the size to stop Shaq, or the quickness to stop Kobe. Keys to victory for the Lakers: 1) Defensive intensity and rotation on defense, the Pistons are not a high scoring ball-club, but they play great D. The Lakers need to rotate well on guys like Rip Hamilton, Cliff Robinson, Jon Barry and Chauncey Billups, these guys will murder the Lakers if they are left open. 2) Kobe needs to cut to the basket, he is much faster than any of the Pistons players, and he can have a field-day if he takes it to the basket. 3) Mad-Dog, keep it up Madsen! He needs to continue to fight for every loose ball and knock down his FTs.