After upsetting the
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Gasol is the Lakers' leading scorer and rebounder at 15.7 points and 10.3 rebounds.
The Lakers need a strong night from Gasol against an Atlanta front line that includes newcomer
The Hawks aren't much of a defensive unit but the Lakers might have a difficult time on their end keeping Teague from taking over the game.
The Lakers need at least one of the three to hit outside shots and open up the Lakers' offense.
The Lakers haven't played their best basketball since opening night. The Hawks present a real opportunity for another win without Bryant.
While it's still not clear when the team's star guard will return, every early victory they get while he's recovering from the Achilles' tendon injury could bolster the team's chances at a playoff spot months down the road.
A 2-2 start in six nights to start the season would be a successful week for the Lakers.