So far this season, the Lakers have won on the road just once in five tries, although three were on the second night of back-to-backs.
Week 5 presents three away games in four nights, including a back-to-back -- followed by a home game Sunday against the surging
With a win over
The Wizards (5-8) started the season slowly but have won three of their last four games.
The Wizards also have size in
With Beal possibly out, the Lakers may have a shot to steal one in Washington but it won't come easy.
Brooklyn has been a complete mess this season, losing five in a row to fall to 3-10.
The Lakers and Nets are playing on the second night of back-to-backs. So far the Lakers have lost all three tries on the road in similar situations.
The Nets are an older group with veterans like
If there's a game to get on the three-game road trip, it's Wednesday in Brooklyn.
The Pistons (6-8) played exceptionally well against the Lakers for the first half of a Nov. 17 loss -- but fell apart in the final 24 minutes.
Detroit has tremendous size in
While the Lakers have shown they can beat the Pistons, twice in a short time is a lot to ask.
Sunday vs. Portland Trail Blazers
The general rule of thumb for the Lakers vs. Blazers -- home team gets the win.
This particular Portland team has been one of the surprises of the
The Blazers don't have great depth but their starting five of
The first game back after a road trip tends to be a challenge. The Lakers may be in for a difficult week.