Cousins made his return on Thursday night, scoring 27 points with 11 rebounds and five assists in a loss to the
The Lakers may be without
The team is still down
Cousins is one of the top big men in the league, averaging 23.7 points and 12.5 rebounds.
The Kings have a 9-7 record with Cousins but were just 2-8 without him.
The Lakers will counter with
Collison was a force when the teams met on Dec. 9, scoring 26 points in the Lakers' 98-95 victory.
The former UCLA Bruin and Clipper hit 11 of 18 shots while dishing six assists. The Lakers survived, but Collison was a problem.
The Lakers need strong defensive performances from
The pair scored just five against the Kings, both hitting one of five attempts.
The Kings are still reeling after
Sacramento has lost five in a row, giving the Lakers a reasonable chance to steal a win on the road -- but if Young is indeed suspended, that may be a difficult task.
With Cousins back, the Kings are a talented squad, capable of pulling up from their recent swoon. The Lakers have yet to prove they can win consistently this season.