Where: Staples Center.
On the air: TV: TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes, TNT; Radio: 710, 1330.
Records: Lakers 25-52, Rockets 51-25.
Update: Houston's Dwight Howard has missed the last five games because of a strained left ankle but has reported improvement and is listed as day to day. The Rockets have gone 2-3 during Howard's absence and hold a two-game advantage over Portland for homecourt advantage in the first round of the playoffs.