ATLANTA — The Laker schedule is difficult from now to the end, with many more stays in hotel beds the rest of the way than in recent seasons.
But the chance to complain was pushed aside Monday by forward Lamar Odom, who supplied the counter-argument for a finish that has the Lakers on the road for 22 of their last 36 games.
"Our schedule was favorable for us," Odom said.
"We were supposed to take care of business more at home.
"If we did that and won half our games on the road, we'd have been all right."
The Lakers are 17-10 at home, 7-12 on the road.
They are two-fifths of the way through their current trip and there is a six-game outing next month that includes a rematch with the Miami Heat, but Odom isn't buying the part about a rough ride.
Odom spent his first four pro seasons with the Clippers, who have more than their share of long road trips.
"Twelve- or 15-day road trips, four or five of them in a year," Odom said.