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Lakers vs. Nets Game Preview: Close out the winnable stretch strong

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The Lakers have a great chance to shake off an ugly loss in Minnesota as they return to LA.

Los Angeles Lakers v Brooklyn Nets Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images

The Los Angeles Lakers return to Staples Center Tuesday night, wrapping up a six-game stretch of games that have shaped the second early stretch of their season. They’ve gone 3-2 thus far, with a chance close it out strong against the Brooklyn Nets. The Nets are coming off a back-to-back, while the Lakers are back home in Los Angeles for the first time in three games.

The Lakers played poorly in Minnesota and weren’t helped by the referees, but the responsibility still falls on the team to play through it and with heightened energy. They looked lackluster outside a few stretches here and there, and it wasn’t enough to overcome a career night from Andrew Wiggins and tough bounces that didn’t go their way.

Brooklyn is 4-6 to start the year and hurting without Jeremy Lin. They’re in the middle of a five-game road trip but did not have to travel after facing the Clippers Monday night. Brook Lopez sat out of the contest, the team opting to rest him ahead of the Lakers game. He leads the team in scoring at 19.4 points per game.

Winning this one is important for the Lakers, who have the San Antonio Spurs, Chicago Bulls, Oklahoma City Thunder, Golden State Warriors (twice in a row) and Atlanta Hawks up next. Sealing this run of winnable games 4-2 would be a success for Coach Walton and the kids. Enjoy the game!

Time: 7:30 p.m. PT

TV: Spectrum SportsNet