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February 25, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers won all three games in Week 17, climbing to within one game of .500 (28-29).  With only 25 games left in the regular season, the Lakers still have to make up ground on the 31-27 Houston Rockets to climb into the top eight in the Western Conference. The Utah Jazz and Golden State Warriors might be within range of the Lakers, but they'll need to continue to win the way they did last week. The Lakers are still four losses below the cumulative predictions for weeks 1-17 . Monday at Denver Nuggets The Lakers and Nuggets have already met three times this season.  Denver has won two, including one at Staples Center.
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January 8, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
When the Lakers (15-18) visit the Houston Rockets (20-14) on Tuesday night, they'll have to do it with less than three-quarters of their roster. Dwight Howard is out with a torn labrum (shoulder), Pau Gasol has a concussion, Jordan Hill has a hip injury and Steve Blake is recovering from abdominal surgery. The Rockets are one of the hottest teams in the league, scoring a league-high 106.2 points per game.  Houston gives up a lot of points (103.4) but as short-handed as the Lakers are, will they have enough  firepower?
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