The Lakers (17-23) visit the Chicago Bulls (23-16) on Monday night, playing on the second night of a back-to-back.
Luol Deng is questionable with a hamstring issue for the Bulls.
Oddly, Chicago is just 11-11 at home. They've been dominant on the road at 12-5, but there's a slight vulnerability for the Lakers to exploit.
Of course, the Lakers haven't played well consistently. They'll need their best game to beat the Bulls and that's a little much to ask given the minutes played in Toronto on Sunday.
Joakim Noah is one of the better defensive centers in the league. He'll be a formidable matchup for Dwight Howard.
Noah is averaging 12.4 points a game and 10.6 rebounds a year. His 4.1 assists per game are second only to point guard Kirk Hinrich's.