Brooklyn has struggled for much of the season but is still within a game of the seventh- and eighth-place
The Nets traded veteran
Meanwhile, the Lakers lost 15 of their last 16 and six in a row.
The Lakers will be without
Like the Lakers, the Nets have moved some veterans to the bench while working to develop some of the team's young players.
Lopez is a capable scorer at 15.3 points a game while shooting 50.2% from the field.
The Lakers will counter with the tandem of
Coach Byron Scott is still experimenting with rookie guard
Through 10 games as the team's starting point guard, Clarkson is averaging 13.4 points and 3.8 assists while shooting 39.0% from the field.
He'll play against a savvy veteran in
The Nets are vulnerable. The depleted Lakers should probably win on Friday, but given the recent track record -- mark this one down for the road team.