10 Must-Watch Home Games On Los Angeles Lakers’ 2014-15 Schedule

Los Angeles Lakers 2014-15 Schedule: 10 Must-Watch Home Games

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Although the 2014-15 Los Angeles Lakers schedule is filled with back-to-back games and seven road trips of three games or more, the Lakers may surprise a lot of fans if the team can take care of competition at home. Here are 10 must-see home games this season.

10. Oct. 28: Houston Rockets

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10. Oct. 28: Houston Rockets

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Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers kick off the 2014-15 season at home against former Lakers center Dwight Howard and the Houston Rockets. It will be the first time that Bryant has faced his former teammate after missing all but six games last season. The Lakers' post players will have their hands full guarding Howard, but the biggest question is who will guard James Harden?

9. Oct. 31: Los Angeles Clippers

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9. Oct. 31: Los Angeles Clippers

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Any time the Lakers and the Clippers face one another expect the game to be a physical one in the post. If Julius Randle and Carlos Boozer can both defend and disrupt Blake Griffin, the Lakers will be in good shape. Although the Lakers added Jeremy Lin and Jordan Clarkson on the perimeter this offseason, neither are known for their defense. Expect Xavier Henry and Wesley Johnson to see an increase in minutes this year because of their defense.

8. Nov. 16: Golden State Warriors

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8. Nov. 16: Golden State Warriors

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One of the league's most efficient tandems comes to Staples Center on Nov. 16 to face a slightly different Lakers team from last year. With Byron Scott at the helm, expect a battle between the Warriors' offense and an improved Lakers defense. Although Kobe Bryant will be back in purple and gold, the Lakers will have their hands full trying to contain both Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. Look for the Lakers to exploit their advantage in the post.

7. Dec. 9: Sacramento Kings

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7. Dec. 9: Sacramento Kings

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The Sacramento Kings will most likely continue to implement their fast paced offense with new point guard Darren Collison at the helm. The Lakers' defense will have their hands full guarding both DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay, but if they can keep the Kings off the glass and limit their outside shooting expect a close game.

6. Dec. 19: Oklahoma City Thunder

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6. Dec. 19: Oklahoma City Thunder

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Russell Westbrook and the 2014 MVP Kevin Durant will make a holiday stop in Los Angeles on Dec. 19. If the Lakers are going to win they must be able to defend Westbrook and Reggie Jackson on the perimeter and not allow Serge Ibaka to control the game with his defense. If the Lakers can limit the role players of the Thunder and control the boards, expect another nail-biter in L.A.

5. Jan. 13: Miami Heat

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5. Jan. 13: Miami Heat

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The Lakers will get their first look at Dwyane Wade and the new-look Miami Heat on Jan. 13 at Staples Center. Despite the loss of LeBron James, the Heat will still be a difficult team to beat in the east with the additions of Danny Granger and Luol Deng. If the Lakers are able to exploit Miami's lack of a physical post presence, L.A. should be able to pull off the victory at home.

4. Jan. 15: Cleveland Cavaliers

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4. Jan. 15: Cleveland Cavaliers

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Despite having nine games at home, the month of January may be one of the toughest for the Lakers. Only two days after hosting Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat, the Lakers host LeBron James and the new-look Cleveland Cavaliers. Anytime LeBron and Kobe are on the same court together, expect a competitive matchup between the two superstars.

3. Jan. 29: Chicago Bulls

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3. Jan. 29: Chicago Bulls

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Former Lakers forward Pau Gasol will make his first trip back to Staples Center on Jan. 29 as a member of the Chicago Bulls. With the addition of Gasol and the return of Derrick Rose, the Bulls will be a much improved team from last season. If Nick Young can provide the Lakers with both scoring and defense, the outcome of the game may go down to the wire.

2. Mar. 12: New York Knicks

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2. Mar. 12: New York Knicks

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For the first time in his career, Derek Fisher will return to Staples Center as the head coach of the New York Knicks. Although the Knicks are not expected to make the playoffs, any time Carmelo Anthony and Kobe Bryant face one another a good game is always expected. If the Lakers can limit the Knicks' outside shooting and dominate the Knicks in the post, Fisher and the Knicks will not be able to contend with the new-look Lakers.

1. Apr. 3: Portland Trail Blazers

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1. Apr. 3: Portland Trail Blazers

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Not only will the Lakers have their hands full trying to guard LaMarcus Aldridge, they will also have to defend one of the game's rising point guards in Damian Lillard. After being one of the final four players to be cut from the U.S. National Team, expect Lillard to play this season with a chip on his shoulder. In order for the Lakers to be successful they have to defend the perimeter and contain Portland's role players.

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