The Los Angeles Lakers will host the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday night at Staples Center for the sixth time in 10 days.
The Lakers have lost three of their last four games, dropping a 106-93 loss at Houston on Wednesday and a 116-97 loss at Atlanta on Sunday.
The Nets have won five of their past six games.
Los Angeles (14-8) has won six straight against the Nets (13-8), including a 95-91 victory March 8 in Brooklyn.
The Lakers are 4-3 in their last five against Brooklyn since the franchise relocated from Los Angeles to Brooklyn in 1976.
Brooklyn (8-12) is in a tough spot heading into its game with the Lakers.
The Brooklyn loss to Houston put the Nets on the brink of elimination.
Brook Lopez led all scorers with 31 points and 12 rebounds, but his play dropped off dramatically as the Nets continued to struggle.
Brook went 2 of 13 from the field in the fourth quarter, shooting 5 of 13 and missing three shots in the process.
The shooting woes have left coach Avery Johnson feeling “bad.”
The Nets are 3-9 on the road, including a season-low four losses in the last five at home.
Brook shot 39.4 percent in the first quarter but shot a season low 34.8 percent from the floor.
The Nets have played well against the Lakers in recent weeks, winning eight of the last nine.
The last time the Nets lost to the Lakers was a 111-94 loss at Staples Arena on March 13, 2010.
Brook’s bench has totaled a season high of 24 points on Sunday, though it was not enough to overcome Brooklyn’s 19 turnovers.
Brook was also without starting point guard Marcus Thornton (knee) and reserve center Brandon Bass (knees).
The Nets are in a tight race for a playoff spot, which is a three-way tie for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.