The Los Angeles Lakers are under .500 again, and poor play on the road continues to be a problem.
A meeting with the New Orleans Hornets gives them an opportunity to change that.
The Lakers will try to return to the break-even point Wednesday night and continue their dominance of the last-place Hornets.
Expected to be a leading title contender, Los Angeles (30-31) is instead one of the league's biggest disappointments, sitting 2 1/2 games back of Utah for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
The Lakers have lost 20 of 30 road games, including four of the last six, a stretch during which they've surrendered 109.3 points. In contrast, they have limited opponents to 97.8 per contest during a 10-2 run at home.
Los Angeles fell again on the road Tuesday, losing 122-105 to Oklahoma City. However, the team avoided what would've been a devastating blow when Kobe Bryant returned from a right elbow injury that forced him to leave the game for roughly 4 1/2 minutes...