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Preview: Lakers back home to host Detroit Pistons

Preview: Lakers back home to host Detroit Pistons

The Lakers (1-8) return home after a five-game road trip to host the Detroit Pistons (5-4) on Sunday night at Staples Center.

Detroit fell on Saturday to the Clippers, 101-96, despite the absence of Chris Paul and J.J. Redick, both out with injuries.

The Lakers have dropped four straight, but have improved defensively and have competed -- they just haven't been able to close out games.

The Pistons will play without Brandon Jennings (Achilles) and former Lakers guard Jodie Meeks (foot).  The Lakers are at full strength.

Key matchup

The Pistons have been an early force in the Eastern Conference, led by center Andre Drummond, who is...