I don't think they'll go 31 - 11, but I do still think they'll make it.
The 8th seed will have a lesser record than it has in recent years. The probably won't need 48 wins. They might not even need to be much over .500, if even at all. I think Houston will continue to play sub-.500 ball, I think Portland's lack of depth will KO them, Minnesota's injuries will be too much...they can do it.
They're 3.5 games back in January. Basically, they just have to play slightly better basketball than Houston for the second half of the season and they'll get in. 3.5 games isn't much with 40+ games remaining. I think they can surpass Houston.
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I hope the Lakers don't make the Playoffs for the Suns sake, so that we land another lottery pick
They still have a good chance of scraping in though.
They CAN. They need a better system
they are 3.5 games out....these lakers need "x wins" projections crack me up sometimes.
The Lakers are in trouble and if you don't think so you need to wake up. there next four games are against competitive teams they loose all of the those they become 9 games under .500. The numbers are against the lakers. and if the lakers don't make the playoffs I don't think dwight is staying. That is just my opinion. So do i think they will make the playoffs is there still a chance yes but the door is closing fast.
And then you take into consideration that they are playing the Bulls and Memphis in the next two games on the road, then they come back home to play the Thunder and the Jazz. They may not even be able to get a win in the next 4 games, which would put them 10 games under .500 before they finally have a game against a sub .500 when the Hornets come to visit them. Their following three games are all on the road against sub five hundred teams (Detroit, Phoenix and Minny) all of which they could win, which could put them on a 4 game win streak until they play BK, Boston and MIA on the road (with a gimmie game against the Bobcats in there). Realistically, looking at their schedule, from now until Feb. 10th, they will be lucky to win half those games, which would put them exactly where they are right now, 6 games under .500. The thing is though, that assume that the Lakers will be playing consistently enough to beat the sub .500 teams, which they haven't been as we have seen in Toronto. We are talking about a team who is 3-9 over the last 12 games. They lost to the 76ers, the Raptors, the Nuggets and the Rockets. What makes you think that they will be able to pull their $#!T together and start beating teams like the Clippers, Thunder and Heat?
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