Stephen Curry has been dealing with a shin issue, but played 32 minutes against Charlotte, scoring 30 points with four assists.
Forward Draymond Green has been a major force for the Warriors this season. He's notched a triple-double in each of his last three games, averaging 17.3 points, 14.3 rebounds and 13.3 assists.
Green is also one of the league's better defenders, despite standing at just 6 foot 7 -- small for a power forward and part-time center.
The Lakers will start a rookie against Green in Larry Nance Jr., an energetic, athletic 6-foot-9 forward.
Nance is still learning how to play in the NBA, but he's collected 14 rebounds in each of the Lakers' last two games. Over the past five, Nance is hitting 70% of his shots from the field.
The Lakers will also bring Julius Randle off the bench to match up against Green.
Curry is the league's leading scorer at 29.7 points a game. Warriors teammate Klay Thompson has 20.4 a night.
Small forward Harrison Barnes returned to action Monday after sitting out with a sprained ankle, suffered in late November.
The Lakers are coming off a dominant win over the Phoenix Suns, getting a big night from Lou Williams, along with help from Roy Hibbert, Jordan Clarkson and Nance.
Bryant would obviously add another offensive weapon to attack Golden State, if healthy.
Marcelo Huertas may need to fill in at backup point guard, if Russell isn't able to go.
The Lakers have a puncher's chance, drawing the Warriors on their back-to-back, but Golden State has been far too dominant this season. Expect the Lakers' win streak to end at three.