The Los Angeles Lakers look for their third straight win on Sunday afternoon and a season sweep of the Dallas Mavericks as they host the defending champions at Staples Center. Kobe Bryant is likely out again with a left shin injury, but here are the relevant details of Sunday's nationally televised NBA action and possible playoff preview:
Records: Lakers (38-22), Dallas (34-26)
Location: Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles
Time: 12:30 p.m. PDT
TV: ABC, with Mike Tirico and Hubie Brown on the call
Going Streaking: The Lakers have won three straight games, all without Bryant. They are one game up on the Clippers in the Pacific Division with six games remaining.
Series History: The Mavericks swept the Lakers out of the playoffs last season, but the Lakers have tried to get a small measure of revenge by winning the first three of their four matchups this season. If the season ended today, the No. 3 seed Lakers would host the No. 6 seed Mavericks in the first round.
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