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"Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all - the L.A. Lakers."

- Helen Keller, kind of.

Round 2: The Entrance of Ron-Ron. It's on, suckas!

To the lineups!

LALA LAND
PG - Smush Parker
SG - Kobe Bryant
SF - Lamar Odom
PF - Brian Cook
C  - Kwame Brown

SACTOWN
PG - Michael Bibby
SG - Kevin Dallas Martin
SF - Ronald Artest
PF - Kenneth Cornelius Thomas
C  - Bradley Alan Miller

The line: +2.5. The line is 197, which means the under wouldn't be a horrible play.

Fun bet o' the night: Here are the Kobe odds...

50 or More Pts   5/1
44 - 49 Pts      9/2
38 - 43 Pts      7/2
32 - 37 Pts      5/2
26 - 31 Pts      7/2
20 - 25 Pts      4/1
19 or Less Pts  11/2

Vegas don't know Ron-Ron, apparently.

Sideshow most likely to be entertaining: Los Angeles, meet Kevin Martin. He had to guard Kobe in the first matchup, and got hamstrung with foul trouble. Not the case tonight, which could win a big game.

Best matchup: Ha ha. Moving along...

Goal tracker update: The Kings are four games below .500 and 2.5 games behind the Lakers for eighth in the West and third in the Pacific.

TNT, so it'll start somewhere between 7:30 and 8 p.m. Root your hearts out from the living rooms and sports bars. Post your comments from before, during and after the game in this thread.

And, um, let's go Kings! Beat L.A.! Beat L.A.!