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The Game of Thrones vs. the Lakers

A full-court press from the Lakers’ front office is all you need to know about this weekend’s matchup between The Game and the Lakers. 

The Lakers are expected to be without Pau Gasol, Dwight Howard and the rest of the starting five for the second game in a row, with the fourth game against the Spurs set to be the game of the night. 

Gasol and Howard both missed Saturday’s victory over the Spurs and were listed as questionable with a strained right calf, but Howard’s status is still up in the air. 

In addition to the injuries, there’s also some uncertainty about the team’s starting backcourt.

Pau Gasal, who’s been on the court since the first quarter of Saturday’s win over the Thunder, was ruled out of Sunday’s contest.

The Lakers are set to start Pau Gasole, the 22-year-old Gasol Jr., and rookie Julius Randle, the team announced. 

Randle is listed as doubtful after missing two games with a left calf injury, but he’ll likely be in the mix to start. 

Meanwhile, Kobe Bryant, who missed all of his preseason with a right knee injury, was listed as out with a sprained left ankle. 

Bryant has yet to practice with the team.

The team announced that Pau Gasols left foot has been diagnosed with a “posterior hyperextended fracture.” 

“There are some minor setbacks, but we are hopeful,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said.

“We’ll get him back in there, and hopefully it’s good.” 

The last time the Lakers faced the Lakers was on July 5, 2013, when Pau Gasolo led them to a 104-100 victory over Houston. 

 The team has lost nine of their last 10 regular season games against the Lakers, including a season-high nine-game losing streak from Dec. 20-March 12. 

On Sunday, the Lakers will face a team that has been outscored by an average of 10.4 points in the last five games.

The Warriors have the second-worst mark against the league, holding opponents to an average point differential of plus-2.8.