LA Lakers travel to Orlando to face the Magic tonight (4pm PST, 7pm ET) as Pau Gasol looks to lead his team to victory in the battle for mediocrity in the NBA.

Last night Los Angeles went down to a 109-102 defeat to the Miami Heat, as their injury riddled side continue to struggle without key players such as legend Kobe Bryant. 

Pau Gasol remains the one ray light for the Californian side, with his decent form at least showing the way forward for this inexperienced group. 

"We really have to be better at communicating and get each other going and letting each other know where we're at," Gasol told NBA.com, who had 22 points and 11 rebounds. "Let's see if we can do that for the rest of the trip and forward."

Orlando have won the fewest games in the NBA since New Year's Eve, but that doesn't mean that this match will be an easy one for the Lakers.

Orlando (11-32) are bottom of the Southeast Division while ranking only better than Milwaukee in the league.

LA (16-27) have managed just three wins in 12 contests since New Year's Eve, and they're only percentage points ahead of Sacramento for last place in the Pacific.

Dreadful defense has been the Lakers downfall during a 2-8 losing record in the last ten. They've conceded an average of 114.5 points in their last 10 games. 

Gasol and Jodie Meeks are doing their part though. Gasol is averaging 22.0 points and 12.2 rebounds, whilst Meeks is scoring 18.5 per game in his last 10.

The Lakers are missing Bryant (knee), Steve Nash (back), Steve Blake (elbow), Jordan Farmar (hamstring) and Xavier Henry (knee). And this bad fortune looks set to continue in the short-term. 

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