The Lakers (36-32) have yet to win on two consecutive days this season. After a victory Sunday, they have the chance to get their first such pair of back-to-back wins in 14 tries as they visit the Phoenix Suns (22-45) on Monday.
The Suns, losers of four straight, are tied for the worst record in the Western Conference. The Lakers lost in Phoenix on Jan. 30 in a game where Dwight Howard reaggravated his injured shoulder (torn labrum).
The Suns almost made it two in a row on Feb. 12 but the Lakers had a fourth-quarter surge to win. Kobe Bryant scored just four points with eight turnovers but Howard finished with 19 points and 18 rebounds.
Bryant is questionable Monday with a sprained ankle and a case of the flu.
The Suns will be likely turn to veteran Jermaine O'Neal (with center Marcin Gortat out for the season) to guard Howard. O'Neal isn't the All-Star he was in Indiana but he can still defend and rebound.