Nick Young has been the catalyst, rejoining the team for the two wins, after sitting out the start of the season with a thumb injury. The Lakers are also expected to have Wayne Ellington back, following a leave of absence to deal with the fatal shooting of his father.
The Lakers will have a difficult challenge Friday, visiting the Dallas Mavericks (9-3). The Mavericks are averaging a league's best 108.9 points a game, beating opponents by the NBA's largest margin (10.4 a game).
Through 12 games, Monta Ellis is the Mavericks' leading scorers at 19.7 points a game.
The 6-foot-3 guard is always looking to attack, which can be a problem for the Lakers given how many other Mavericks can score -- including star Dirk Nowitzki (19.1 points a game) and newcomer Chandler Parsons (14.0)
Bryant (6-foot-6) has the height advantage over Ellis, but isn't as quick. The Mavericks spread the floor exceptionally well -- whoever is guarding Ellis won't have much help, if beat off the dribble.
The Lakers need to continue to get points from Bryant (27.5 a game) and Young (16.5) -- but if the Lakers are to get an upset, it will be because of a tremendous defensive effort.
The Lakers always seemed to have a difficult time against Parsons when he was with Houston, where he spent his first three seasons. With his new squad, Parsons is shooting 40.1% from the field and 34.8% from three-point range.
Nowitzki is another problem, shooting 53.1% and 46.9%, respectively. He's still a deadly threat to score with the game on the line.
Dallas is a true team. The Lakers have shown some signs os strength over the last few games, but Friday will take their best effort.
The Lakers have impressed, after a miserable start, by winning in Atlanta and Houston. The Rockets were without center Dwight Howard (knee), which evened the scales a bit.
A win over the Mavericks would be stunning victory for the Lakers.