George and the Thunder face the Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers (35-42, 10th in the Western Conference) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (44-33, eighth in the Western Conference)
Oklahoma City; Tuesday, 8 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Paul George leads Oklahoma City into a matchup with Los Angeles. He currently ranks second in the league averaging 28.2 points per game.
The Thunder are 25-24 in conference games. Oklahoma City is 5-7 in games decided by less than 4 points.
The Lakers are 23-24 in Western Conference play. Los Angeles ranks second in the league scoring 55.9 points in the paint per game, led by LeBron James averaging 13.5. The Lakers won the last meeting between these two squads 138-128 on Jan. 17. Kyle Kuzma led Los Angeles to the win with a 32-point game.
TOP PERFORMERS: Russell Westbrook is shooting 42.7 percent and averaging 23 points. George has averaged 28.1 points and 8.4 rebounds while shooting 44.3 percent over the last 10 games for Oklahoma City.
JaVale McGee has averaged 11.8 points and 7.5 rebounds for the Lakers. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has averaged 17.5 points and added 3.9 rebounds while shooting 42.3 percent over the last 10 games for Los Angeles.
LAST 10 GAMES: Lakers: 4-6, averaging 111.9 points, 46.7 rebounds, 26.6 assists, 9.4 steals and 5.1 blocks per game while shooting 45.3 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 111.6 points on 45.0 percent shooting.
Thunder: 3-7, averaging 105.7 points, 45.2 rebounds, 22 assists, 6.9 steals and 5.4 blocks per game while shooting 42.2 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 109.7 points on 47.0 percent shooting.
Thunder Injuries: Andre Roberson: out (knee).
Lakers Injuries: Brandon Ingram: out for season (deep venous thrombosis (dvt)), Tyson Chandler: out (illness), Josh Hart: out for season (knee), Kyle Kuzma: day to day (foot), Lonzo Ball: out (left ankle), LeBron James: out for season (groin).