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Lakers to reunite with Lamar Odom

The Mavs forward returns to Staples for first time since leaving Los Angeles

Updated: January 16, 2012, 1:10 AM ET
By Brian Kamenetzky | ESPNLosAngeles.com

They might all count the same in the standings, but all regular-season games are not created equal.

Such is the case Monday night for the Los Angeles Lakers, hosting the Dallas Mavericks at Staples Center.

While many of the same participants in last season's series will be on the floor, both the Lakers and Mavericks are working with significantly different rosters. Los Angeles has a new coach in Mike Brown and a revamped bench, while Dallas is adjusting to life without Tyson ...

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