dj vitus wrote:
gcclaker wrote:Lakerfan "homer" glasses off...
@ Golden State - L
@ Minnesota - W
@ Milwaukee (2nd of B2B) - L
@ Sacramento - L
vs Dallas - W
vs Memphis - L
@ LA Clippers - L
vs New Orleans - W
@ Portland (2nd of B2B) - L
vs Golden State - W
vs San Antonio - L
vs Houston - W
5-7... Whether it is good enough to make the playoffs remains to be seen.
Looks very realistic, though the one game I think we can win is GS. Hopefully.
Going 5-7 means they're out. Not making it on 41 wins as any one of DAL, POR or UTA could easily overtake them. And I think at least one of them will if the Lakers stumble to the finish line.
Looking at their schedules:
POR has the toughest schedule: no remaining opponents that aren't in the playoffs or battling for playoff position so I don't think they'll be able to overtake Lakers as overtaking a 5-7 Lakers requires them to go 8-5. Not happening.
DAL has 4 such non-playoff-bound opponents so they could very well go 8-5 in their last 13 and overtake the Lakers with a slightly better WC record.
UTA has 5 non-playoff-bound opponents in their last 13, they play 8 home games, 5 road games; if they go 7-6 while Lakers go 5-7, that's good enough to boot the Lakers.
Lakers have 3 non-playoff-bound opponents left, but the first two happen on that tough road trip. Lakers have to go 7-5 in the last 12, that would make it too difficult for DAL and POR; they'd have to go 10-3, not happening, but UTA could very well go 9-4.
Verdict: Lakers have to go 7-5 or better, get to at least 43 wins; 42 or less will likely not be enough. Hope MDA has lit that fire in their bellies.