The Grizzlies are just 2-27 all time against the Lakers and have lost all 15 visits to Tinseltown since entering the NBA in 1995. The most recent was a 101-91 loss on December 3.
Memphis already is having a bad stay in LA. On Sunday, the Grizzlies suffered a 102-100 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, their third straight defeat.
Mike Miller scored 29 points for Memphis, which nearly erased a seven-point deficit in the final 90 seconds. But Miller and Wesley Person missed shots in the final five seconds that could have tied or won the game.
The Lakers also are coming off a loss. On Sunday, they suffered a 119-98 trouncing in Seattle that ended a three-game winning streak and pushed them one game behind sixth-place Utah in the Western Conference.
Shaquille O’Neal scored 34 points on 11-of-12 shooting but did not get much help on either end of the floor. On offense, Kobe Bryant, who is second in the NBA in scoring, managed just 14 points on 5-of-13 shooting. On defense, LA allowed a season high in points.
The Lakers are 2-0 against the Grizzlies this season and have won 15 of the last 16 meetings. On November 29, Bryant scored 45 points - one of his 17 40-point games this season - in a 112-106 overtime win at Memphis.
The teams meet again Friday in Memphis.