With five wins in 35 tries on the road, the Lakers only have six away games left -- one of which is a "visit" to the
The Hawks, among the top five teams in the Eastern Conference, are less dominant than they were a year ago but still a formidable opponent.
It's still unclear if
Atlanta is without
The Lakers are enjoying a serious surge from rookie
On the season, Russell is at 13.1 points with 3.5 assists, but in two March games, he's averaged 31.5 points and 4.5 assists, shooting 54.8% from the field and 52.4% from three-point range.
If Clarkson is unable to play, the Lakers are going to need a strong performance from Russell.
The Hawks have a dynamic frontcourt with All-Stars
Together, the pair is tallying 32.9 points and 15.8 rebounds a game this season.
The Lakers counter with
Expect Brandon Bass to get a lot of minutes in place of Hibbert, given the mobility of Atlanta's bigs.
The Lakers at near full strength have a shot against the Hawks, but Atlanta should be able to get the road win on Friday night.