The Lakers will play three times in Week 12, hosting the
To date, the Lakers are exactly at the cumulative prediction of 12-26.
Tuesday vs. Miami Heat
The Heat have been inconsistent this season, but just came into
Bryant is expected to play Tuesday. The Lakers have shown signs recently of improved play -- except for a blowout loss to the Clippers.
Miami's roster is still quite talented, with players like
Thursday vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
The Cavaliers have lost their last five games, reeling without LeBron James, who has been sidelined with back and knee strains.
His status for Thursday isn't clear yet, but even without the All-Star, the Cavaliers have significant firepower with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love.
Cleveland will be a difficult opponent for the Lakers, despite the Cavs' recent struggles
Friday at Utah Jazz
The Jazz have been playing through injuries -- notably losing
The Lakers are somewhat unpredictable, and are capable of big wins, but mostly close losses.
Utah, on the second night of a back-to-back, may be too much to ask.