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Lakers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder preview — The Lakers (16-41) take a three-game winning streak into their Sunday afternoon battle against a short-handed Oklahoma City Thunder (32-27) squad at Staples Center. The Thunder will be without Russell Westbrook, who suffered a broken bone in his face on Friday night; Kevin Durant (foot); Steven Adams (hand) and Steve Novak (appendectomy).

Doing the Math for 2015 and 2016 Deals — With the trade deadline passing last week, a number of teams prepare for a run at the playoffs, while some brace for the inevitable draft lottery. Free agency begins on July 1, but players cannot be officially signed until after the NBA's annual moratorium ends on July 9.

Five takeaways from the Lakers' 101-93 win over the Milwaukee Bucks — The Lakers (16-41) won their third-straight game on Friday night, defeating the Milwaukee Bucks (32-26). Here are five takeaways from their 101-93 victory at Staples Center. 1) Wayne Ellington scored 14 points in the fourth quarter on six of seven shooting. He was the difference as the Lakers made their push from 11-points down.

Lakers vs. Milwaukee Bucks: quarter-by-quarter updates — The Lakers (15-41) will try to win their third consecutive game on Friday night, when they host the Milwaukee Bucks (32-25) at Staples Center. Milwaukee will play without O.J. Mayo (hamstring), Jabari Parker (knee) and Damien Inglis (ankle).

Preview: Lakers vs. Milwaukee Bucks — The Lakers (15-41) will try to keep their winning streak alive on Friday night at Staples Center, hosting the Milwaukee Bucks (32-25). After wins over the Boston Celtics and Utah Jazz, the Lakers draw an Eastern Conference playoff team in the Bucks, fresh off their trade that brought in point guard Michael Carter-Williams from the Philadelphia 76ers.

Jordan Clarkson credits success to help from Carlos Boozer, teammates — Rookie guard Jordan Clarkson helped the Lakers win their second consecutive game on Wednesday night in Utah against the Jazz by scoring a career-high 22 points on 10-of-16 shooting. Clarkson took over the starting duties at point guard on Jan. 23 against the San Antonio Spurs.

Lakers at Utah Jazz: Live updates — The Lakers (14-41) visit the Utah Jazz (21-34) on Wednesday night. The Jazz are coming off a win over the San Antonio Spurs while the Lakers ended a seven-game losing streak on Sunday over the Boston Celtics.

Preview: Lakers at Utah Jazz — The Lakers (14-41) can build a rare winning streak on Wednesday night when they visit the Utah Jazz (21-34). After seven-straight losses, the Lakers finally got a win on Sunday over the Boston Celtics. The Jazz are coming off a big win over the San Antonio Spurs.

Lakers: Week 18 predictions — The Lakers (14-41) ended their seven-game losing streak on Sunday with a win over the Boston Celtics (21-33). They'll play three times through Week 18, visiting the Utah Jazz (21-34) before hosting the Milwaukee Bucks (31-25) and Oklahoma City Thunder (31-25). To date, the Lakers are one game worse than the cumulative prediction of 15-40.

Lakers guard Ronnie Price to undergo elbow surgery — Lakers veteran guard Ronnie Price will undergo elbow surgery on Wednesday to remove a bone spur from his right elbow. The procedure will be performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic. The Lakers will give a timeline for his recovery after the surgery.
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