The Lakers lost all three games through Week 18, winning just 11 of their first 60 games.
They'll play another four through Week 19, hosting the
Tuesday vs. Brooklyn Nets
The Nets are one of the worst teams in the league, still "competing" with the Lakers for
Brooklyn has actually played relatively well over their past 10 games, winning half including their most recent two. One or two more wins for the Nets should be enough for the Lakers to ensure they're no worse than third in the lottery (with the
The Nets still have one of the league's top offensive centers in
Wednesday at Denver Nuggets
The Nuggets are inconsistent and will host the Lakers under-manned with
Denver hasn't been a playoff contender for nearly the entire season, but they've played well enough to win 12 more games than the Lakers.
Perhaps the biggest disadvantage for the Lakers on Wednesday is playing in Denver on the second-night of a back-to-back. Historically, teams have trouble in similar circumstances in the high altitude.
Friday vs. Atlanta Hawks
The Hawks were one of the
Atlanta has dropped half of their past 10 games. They'll be looking to make up ground in the stands, still within reach of teams like the Miami Heat (33-26) and third-place
Sunday vs. Golden State Warriors
The Golden State is still chasing the Chicago Bulls' all-time NBA record of 72-10, and they have a real shot to get it done.
Stephen Curry is having a transcendent season, one of the best individual performances in NBA history -- but one that works within the Warriors' strong team concept.
The Lakers aren't close to the same level as the Warriors.