The Lakers fell to the
The Wizards also played Tuesday, defeating the
While the Lakers are healthy, they're clearly struggling to successfully close out another team over a 48-minute contest.
The Lakers draw another team with two dynamic guards in
Beal is the Wizards' top scorer at 19.5 points a game, while Wall contributes 17.4 points with 7.7 assists.
The Lakers had their struggles recently against teams with a pair of strong guards, like the
The young duo of Jordan Clarkson and D'Angelo Russell continues to improve, despite the Lakers' record, but the offense is coming on more quickly than the defense.
Wall and Beal will be a challenge on Wednesday.
The Wizards get additional scoring from role players
Washington is not especially strong defensively this season.
To break their losing streak, the Lakers need help from everywhere, from starters Julius Randle and Roy Hibbert to reserves Lou Williams and
Meanwhile, given Bryant's 30.1% field goal percentage this season, the team would be better off if the farewell tour involved fewer shot attempts.
The Lakers just lost to the 76ers (1-18). Until they show something else, they're not going to be the pick for any matchup.