The Los Angeles Lakers will try to snap their first four-game losing streak since 2007 tonight when they host the Sacramento Kings at Staples Center. The Lakers last lost four straight games from April 8-13, 2007, before the Pau Gasol era began in Los Angeles. The Lakers are 8-2 at home this season.
Gasol, who has averaged over 43 minutes in his last five games, has a strained left hamstring and is day-to-day. His is expected to start tonight against the Kings, but if Gasol has any setback before the game he will not play, writes Mike Trudell of NBA.com. Gasol is averaging 20.4 points per game and is fifth in the NBA with 11.9 rebounds per contest.
The Lakers have beaten the Kings seven straight times, including a 112-100 win in Sacramento last month. The Lakers have beaten Sacramento five straight times at Staples Center, and are 8-2 in their last 10 home games against the Kings. Under Phil Jackson, the Lakers are 28-13 against Sacramento.
The Kings are 4-12, and have lost five straight games this season. In fact, they have lost 11 of their last 12 games, and are 2-4 on the road this season. During that 12-game stretch, the Kings have scored just 89.5 points per game, scoring 100 points only once.
Tonight's 7:30 p.m. PST game will be televised by Fox Sports West.
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