Dallas is in sixth place, struggling a bit recently with a variety of injuries.
While Bryant at small forward and Nowitzki at the four are unlikely to match up often against each other, the two are among the bests of their generations.
Bryant is in his 20th season, the winner of five
Nowitzki, the ninth overall pick, went on to win an NBA championship in 2011. He also won the league MVP award for the 2006-7 season.
On the season, the 37-year old Nowitzki is averaging 17.7 points a game, while shooting 45.0% from the field and 40.0% from three-point range.
Bryant, also 37, is scoring 15.8 point a night while shooting a career-worst 34.7% from the field. He's also hitting 24.9% from three-point range.
The Mavericks have a long list of productive guards including
Additionally, the Lakers need to deal with
Nance will probably return to the starting lineup, moving
Defensively, the Lakers guard core of Jordan Clarkson, D'Angelo Russell and Lou Williams needs to slow the more-experienced Mavericks backcourt.
The Mavericks have a well-coached, experienced roster. The Lakers, losers of six straight, should be able to compete on Tuesday, but don't expect a win.