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Lakers Week In Preview: Showdown With Clippers Awaits

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The Los Angeles Lakers have opened up this lockout-truncated NBA season with a rather full schedule, as nobody has played more games to date. They have also played at home quite often, as seven of their first 10 games have been in Los Angeles. That trend continues this week, with three of their four games at Staples Center including one "road game" against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Here's a look at the week ahead for the Lakers:

Tuesday - Phoenix Suns (4-4) at Lakers: The Lakers have beaten the Suns three straight times and have won seven of their last 10 home games against Phoenix.

Wednesday - Lakers at Utah Jazz (5-3): Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap have combined to average 30 points and 17 rebounds per game in the early going, and the team has won four straight. The Jazz are 4-0 at home this season.

Friday - Cleveland Cavaliers (4-4) at Lakers: Former Laker Byron Scott brings in his Cleveland team for the sixth game of a seven-game road trip.

Saturday - Lakers at Clippers (4-2): The Clippers have quite a week, as they battle Portland on the road, Miami at home, then end their week with the battle for Los Angeles. The Lakers will look to erase the memory of the two preseason losses in late December.

After this week, the Lakers will have played 10 of their 14 games at Staples Center, where they have won six straight games.

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