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Lakers at Dallas Mavericks preview
Lakers at Dallas Mavericks preview

The Lakers (9-20) may play their third straight game without Kobe Bryant on Friday night, visiting the Dallas Mavericks (20-10). Resting from a laundry list of aches and pains, Bryant sat out the team's win over the Golden State Warriors (23-5) and a loss on Christmas Day to the Chicago Bulls (20-9). The Mavericks, still adjusting to the acquisition of former Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo, have lost two in a row. The Lakers are still down Xavier Henry (Achilles' tendon), Ryan Kelly (hamstring), Steve Nash (back) and Julius Randle (leg).  Key matchup After his trade from Boston, Rondo has played three games for the Mavericks, averaging almost 10.7 points...

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