Lakers' Gasol, Bryant expected to play Friday

The Los Angeles Lakers are hoping to have both Pau Gasol and Kobe Bryant in the lineup when they host the Washington Wizards on Friday night.

Gasol (foot) and Bryant (ankle) were full participants in practice Thursday and intend to suit up for the crucial home game.

Oddsmakers have sent out a suggested spread of Lakers -9 and a total of 198 in what could be just the third time this season L.A.’s core group of Steve Nash, Metta World Peace, Dwight Howard, Steve Blake, Gasol and Bryant have all been healthy enough to play together.

The Lakers have played under the total in five of their last six contests, averaging 96 points per game – six points lower than their season average.

Los Angeles has the weekend off before embarking on a four-game road trip beginning Monday at Golden State. The Lakers are 1 ½ games up on the Utah Jazz for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference with 13 games to play.

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