Derby have slipped to 20th place in the Championship on the back of five defeats in their last six matches and crashed 6-1 at Cardiff in midweek.
Laws said: "Make no bones about it, this is an important game that will not be easy. Derby took a real hiding at Cardiff and will be smarting from that.
"You look at most of the teams that have taken a heavy defeat and it's a fair and honest bet that they bounce back in the next game.
"Look at us last year at Reading, we lost 6-0 and we responded in our next game. So we know what to expect.
"When I heard the score at Cardiff, I thought it was the worst possible one for us. Great for Cardiff, but not for us."