James and the Lakers face the Wizards
Washington Wizards (29-35, 11th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (28-37, ninth in the Western Conference)
Los Angeles; Friday, 10:30 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers host the Washington Wizards. James is third in the league averaging 29.3 points per game.
The Lakers have gone 19-16 in home games. Los Angeles ranks eighth in the Western Conference with 23.9 assists per game led by Russell Westbrook averaging 7.2.
The Wizards are 12-18 on the road. Washington averages 12.8 turnovers per game and is 7-15 when winning the turnover battle.
TOP PERFORMERS: James is averaging 29.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 1.5 steals for the Lakers. Westbrook is averaging 18.4 points over the last 10 games for Los Angeles.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is shooting 39.1% from beyond the arc with 2.1 made 3-pointers per game for the Wizards, while averaging 12.3 points. Kyle Kuzma is shooting 46.7% and averaging 22.9 points over the last 10 games for Washington.
LAST 10 GAMES: Lakers: 2-8, averaging 110.2 points, 42.6 rebounds, 22.8 assists, 8.0 steals and 6.0 blocks per game while shooting 46.9% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 116.6 points per game.
Wizards: 4-6, averaging 114.9 points, 40.0 rebounds, 27.8 assists, 7.8 steals and 5.0 blocks per game while shooting 49.4% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 115.0 points.
INJURIES: Lakers: Talen Horton-Tucker: out (ankle), Anthony Davis: out (foot), Kendrick Nunn: out (knee).
Wizards: Bradley Beal: out for season (wrist).