If Steve Nash plays on Thursday against the Rockets, he's likely to sit out on Friday against the Pelicans.
The younger New Orleans can be vulnerable, despite the continuing emergence of forward-center Anthony Davis, but the Lakers will have a difficult time against their athleticism.
Sunday vs. Minnesota Timberwolves
The Timberwolves have started the season 3-0, outscoring opponents by 11 a night.
Kevin Love looks healthy after a down year. Newcomer Kevin Martin is averaging 20.7 points. Nikola Pekovic, Corey Brewer and Ricky Rubio round out a solid starting five.
The Lakers may not get a win on the road throughout a difficult Week 2. A win at Staples Center on Sunday would salvage the week.
The Timberwolves will be solid this year, but they will cool off. Will that happen by Sunday night?