The Lakers (44-37) can lock up their playoff bid with a win Wednesday against the Houston Rockets (45-36), but they could clinch a postseason berth before tipoff.
The Memphis Grizzlies (55-26) host the Utah Jazz (43-38) on Wednesday prior to the Lakers' battle against the Rockets. A Memphis win would guarantee L.A. no worse than the eighth spot in the playoffs.
Has Lakers forward/center Pau Gasol called his brother, Memphis center Marc Gasol, to ask for a little help against the Jazz?
"I told him to please go out there and compete and try to win the game," said Pau.
Did he get a positive response?
"He said, 'We'll see,' because last night they played the starters 24 minutes. They probably play the same the next game," said the Lakers' forward/center.