Dwight Howard and the Lakers (8-8) will host the Orlando Magic (5-10) on Sunday night. The game at Staples Center will be Howard's first battle against the team that drafted him.
Howard spent eight years in Orlando, advancing to the NBA Finals in 2009 in a losing effort against the Lakers.
The Magic are led by Glen Davis and Arron Afflalo, both averaging nearly 15 points a game. It's a rebuilding year for Orlando, which is coming into Los Angeles with a three-game losing streak.
Afflalo is a strong perimeter defender with experience guarding Kobe Bryant. On Friday night, against the Denver Nuggets and Andre Iguodala, Bryant shot only five of 15 from the field for 14 points.
Of course, Bryant's teammates were on fire and the Lakers star dished eight assists in a relatively easy win. If Afflalo can slow Bryant enough, then it becomes a matter of the Magic doing a much better job than Denver on the rest of the Lakers.