James returned Tuesday night from back and knee injuries, only to see his team lose their sixth game in a row in overtime to the
The Cavaliers have struggled against tremendous expectations this season, with the return of James and the addition of
Shumpert is out with a shoulder injury. Mozgov has traditionally been a difficult cover for the Lakers.
James is still one of the best players in the
At his best, James can be nearly unstoppable offensively both as a scorer and a playmaker out of the forward position.
In Miami, where he won two titles with the
The Lakers probably will try to guard James with
On the offensive end, Kobe Bryant needs to find his footing, shooting just three for 19 in Tuesday night's 79-75 loss to the Heat. Young has also struggled with his shot recently.
The Lakers may have better luck defensively against Love with a number of players to throw his way, including
Mozgov may be more of a problem inside. Kyrie Irving is another issue; the high-scoring point guard will keep Ronnie Price and Jeremy Lin busy.
The Cavaliers can struggle defensively as well. Big scoring nights from Boozer, Davis and Hill could make the difference for the Lakers.
Without James, the Lakers are probably the favorite. Instead, look for the Cavaliers to end their losing streak at the Lakers' expense.