Larry Nance Jr. is expected to return to the starting lineup tonight with rookie Kyle Kuzma sliding back to a key reserve role for Los Angeles again, according to Lakers head coach Luke Walton.

Barring something unforeseen, Nance Jr. will start against the LA Clippers after missing the last 11 games with a broken left hand.

"Yeah, still planning on it," Walton said after Lakers shootaround when asked if he is still preparing to start Nance Jr.

Nance Jr. averaged 10.6 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.4 steals while providing defense and hustle for Walton's starting five. The 6-foot-9 power forward has three double-doubles in eight starts.