The Lakers get little time to lick their wounds after an opening-night defeat to the Dallas Mavericks. On Wednesday they visit the Portland Trail Blazers, a young team with potential.
The Blazers may not be a Western Conference powerhouse but they're a dangerous group. The Lakers always seem to have trouble winning in Portland.
Can the Lakers break their losing streak of 11 (including preseason and two straight postseason losses in May)?
The Blazers go to All-Star power forward LaMarcus Aldridge for offense.
Aldridge can score facing the basket or post up, and while he's not necessarily an overpowering force, he's a load to handle.
The Lakers will need a strong game from Pau Gasol both defensively and offensively against Aldridge.
Additionally, keep an eye on Damian Lillard going up against Steve Nash. Lillard has a real shot to be Rookie of the Year this season.