The Kings have been playing without center DeMarcus Cousins, who is sidelined indefinitely with viral meningitis. Cousins started the season like an All-Star. Sacramento is 2-5 without him.
Coach Byron Scott recently changed the Lakers' rotation, moving Ed Davis and Ronnie Price into the starting group in place of Carlos Boozer and Jeremy Lin. After a loss Sunday to the New Orleans Pelicans, Scott is hoping his tinkering will pay dividends.
Without Cousins, the Kings are even more reliant on the perimeter scoring of small forward Rudy Gay.
Gay is averaging 21.5 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists a game this season, shooting 46.7% from the field and 33.3% from three-point range.
Johnson is an inconsistent scorer, but the Lakers will lean on Bryant and Young for their offense.
The Kings have a number of players to fill in for Cousins, although none is nearly as productive.
Reggie Evans is a prolific rebounder but not much of a scoring threat.
Ryan Hollins is tall and athletic but depends on others to create offense.
Carl Landry doesn't have the size to play center, but he has hurt the Lakers many times in the past.
The Kings may be without their best player, but they're still a handful.
Meanwhile, the Lakers need scoring from others on the team outside of Bryant. Jordan Hill, Young, Boozer, Lin and even Wayne Ellington need to give the team an offensive punch that was missing Sunday against the Pelicans.
Sacramento pulled out a win at home Monday over the Utah Jazz, 101-92, and always seems to play the Lakers well, regardless of roster.
The Lakers have struggled of late, but Tuesday is a real opportunity to catch the Kings on the second night of a back-to-back without their dominant center.