On Monday night, the Lakers will look to build a rare two-game win streak when they visit the Blazers.
The Lakers are still without
Aldridge is averaging 23.8 points and 11.3 rebounds a game, leading the Blazers to unexpected success.
Gasol is the Lakers' leading scorer and rebounder at 17.1 points and 10.0 rebounds. Defensively, the Blazers will try to stop him with
Gasol could also see time against the Portland All-Star, along with
The combination of Lillard with Aldridge has been a problem for most of the league, but the Lakers also have to deal with
Matthews is averaging 16.5 points a game while shooting 40.3% from three-point range. Batum is an all-around threat, with 12.9 points, 6.6 rebounds and 5.3 assists a night.
The Lakers have found offense from newcomers Kent Bazemore (16.2 points a game since the trade from the
The Lakers may not be able to stop Lillard but if they can slow the Blazers' role players and get offense from a variety of contributors -- perhaps the Blazers can be beaten.
The Lakers hit 20 wins on Friday night. If lottery position for June's
That said, even at full strength, the Lakers would have a difficult night against the Blazers in Portland.