Where: Staples Center.
On the air: TV: TNT, TWC, TWC Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330.
Records: Lakers 38-36; Mavericks 36-37.
Record vs. Mavericks: 2-1.
Update: The Lakers lead the 10th-place Mavericks by only 11/2 games but can create standings separation and clinch the head-to-head tiebreaker with a victory. Dallas has juggled its starting lineup continually throughout the season but has won four of its last five games, including home victories over Boston, Utah, the Clippers and Chicago. Dirk Nowitzki scored a season-high 35 points in a 100-98 victory Saturday over Chicago.
— Mike Bresnahan