The struggling Lakers welcome the Raptors to the STAPLES Center


The Los Angeles Lakers host the Toronto Raptors, who will be without their leading scorer DeMar DeRozan. The Raptors have struggled in their previous visits to the Lakers, going 3-14 in their last 17 games in Los Angeles but they have the edge against a Lakers team that has the worst record in the Western Conference after four straight losses.

DeMar DeRozan, who averages 19.4 points per game, left in the third quarter of Friday’s 106-102 home loss to the Mavericks and he is expected to be out for an indefinite period with a torn tendon in his left groin. Others will have to help fill the void left by DeRozan, including James Johnson, who is averaging 6.3 points and 18.3 minutes. Toronto has four more players averaging at least 10 points, as the team leads the Eastern Conference with 107.6 points per game.

The Lakers are coming off a tough 120-119 home loss against the Timberwolves, in a game where they gave up 39 third quarter points. Los Angeles allows NBA-worsts of 29.8 points in that period and 111.4 overall. Offensively they rely too much on Kobe Bryant, who leads the league with 23.1 shots and 26.4 points per game but he’s shooting a career-worst 38.8 percent.

Game Details:

What: Toronto Raptors (13-3) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (3-13)

When: 9:30 PM ET, November 30

Where: STAPLES Center

Coverage: TWC SN

Line: Raptors -7

Total: 209½

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