The Lakers have managed 97.1 points offensively but have struggled most on the defensive end, allowing 106.0 a night.
The Lakers are expected to get
The Sixers have a long list of injured players, including Tony Wroten (knee),
The Lakers will get their first look at rookie center Jahlil Okafor, who the team passed over in June's
Through 18 appearances, Okafor is averaging 17.5 points a game with 8.2 rebounds and 1.6 blocks.
The 6-foot-11 Okafor will draw a difficult matchup in
Hibbert isn't much of an offensive threat, but if he can stay out of foul trouble, he may give Okafor a challenge.
Rookie guard T.J. McConnell played Russell well in summer league. Despite going undrafted, he's found a role with the Sixers, averaging 6.8 points and 6.2 assists a game, while shooting 50.4% from the field.
Russell started the season slowly but has looked more comfortable and assertive over recent weeks.
On the year, Russell is scoring 10.4 points a game with 4.6 rebounds and 3.0 assists. He's shooting 40.9% overall but has hit 43.9% over the past five games, at 12.4 points with 3.6 assists a night.
The Lakers have struggled against teams with two high-scoring guards, like the
Look for the Lakers to start their longest road trip in years with a win.