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Lakers vs. Hawks Game Preview: Reinforcements on the way, hopefully

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Nick Young should be back, while Julius Randle’s status is in the air.

NBA: Los Angeles Lakers at Atlanta Hawks Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers have been licking their wounds, trying to get back up to strength after watching their numbers dwindle over the last week. Reinforcements should be on the way, though, with Nick Young expected to return and Julius Randle potentially following suit. They’ll need all the help they can get to right the ship against the Atlanta Hawks after two beatdowns from the Golden State Warriors.

Randle practiced with the team yesterday but did feel his injured hip tighten, so the odds are much lower on him making his way back into the lineup. He is officially listed as questionable.

The Lakers already hold one win over the Hawks, led by D’Angelo Russell’s 23 points and eight assists. With Russell taking the time he needs to get his knee right, that won’t be the route the purple and gold go to beat them again.

Head Coach Luke Walton has started experimenting with his starting lineup while players have shuffled to the bench, so depending on who ends up being available can shift which way he leans. Brandon Ingram has been the biggest beneficiary, getting two straight starting nods and having more freedom to work with. Unfortunately, that didn’t translate well for him against Golden State, where he struggled from the field while making just three of his 18 shot attempts. They were good attempts though, as Harrison Faigen explained.

This is an important game to go out and take for the Lakers, who would get back up to .500 with a victory. They set out on a four-game road trip that begins Tuesday, so getting one at home before leaving California would certainly be ideal. Enjoy the game and cap off to the holiday weekend.

Time: 6:30 p.m. PT

TV: Spectrum SportsNet