Play shifts back to
One lottery opponent that has improved significantly is the
The Lakers open up 2015 with a pair of home games, hosting the
After the Pacers, the Lakers fly up to Portland to take on the
The Lakers' next five games are at Staples Center, starting on the "road" on Jan. 7 at the Clippers, followed by the
Next up is a four-game trip, starting in Utah on the second night of a back-to-back (Jan. 16). The Lakers then travel to the
The road trip wraps up with stops in New Orleans (Jan. 21) and San Antonio (Jan. 23). The Lakers finish the month with three home games, hosting the
The Lakers play on consecutive nights just twice in January. The team is scheduled to be on national television four times (
Nine of the 15 games are at home in January, but last year's squad won just 14 at Staples Center all season. The Lakers should certainly be better through the 2014-15 season, simply by staying healthy -- but how much better?
January could be a key stretch for the Lakers to climb above .500, by defeating quality opponents at home -- but a more realistic win-count for the Lakers may be 21-23 in 47 tries.