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Preview: Lakers start eight-game homestand Friday vs. Atlanta Hawks

Preview: Lakers start eight-game homestand Friday vs. Atlanta Hawks

The Lakers (12-50) play their next eight games at home, starting with the Atlanta Hawks (33-28) on Friday night at Staples Center.

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 Clippers at Staples.

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 Kobe Bryant (shoulder) and Jordan Clarkson (knee) will be available; both are game-time decisions. The Lakers will play without Lou Williams (hamstring).

Atlanta is without Tiago Splitter, out for the season after hip...

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