The Lakers perhaps catch a break, hosting the Thunder without the NBA's reigning Most Valuable Player. Durant is averaging 22.4 points this season, sitting out 17 games after a foot injury.
After winning three straight, the Lakers were bombarded by the Pacers (8-18) in Indiana on Monday. The Lakers took Tuesday off, but have had plenty of time to prepare for the visiting Thunder.
The Lakers are currently in 13th place in the Western Conference, 3 1/2 games behind the 10th-place Thunder. The New Orleans Pelicans (13-12) are currently in eighth place in the West, followed by the Phoenix Suns (13-14).