The Spurs won their 12th consecutive game Thursday by beating the
Meanwhile, the Lakers are in last place in the Western Conference, losers of four in a row.
San Antonio regularly rests players;
Leonard is the Spurs' leading scorer at 20.1 points a game. He's shooting 48.4% from three-point range, 50.3% from the field and is one of the league's premier defenders.
Bryant will draw the difficult matchup against Leonard, who is 13 years younger than the Lakers star. Bryant has two NBA Finals MVP awards, Leonard one, from the Spurs' 2014 championship.
The Spurs are loaded with players like
San Antonio is a machine, with the league's highest point differential at 14.5 points a game.
The Spurs have a 24-0 record at home and six losses in 19 games on the road.
The Lakers are trying to improve with young players like D'Angelo Russell, Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson and Anthony Brown.
The Lakers are no match for the elite Spurs.