February will be the Lakers' lightest stretch all season, despite six of 10 games played on the road.
Only two of the Lakers' opponents during that month qualified for the playoffs last year, although the
The schedule has the Lakers opening the month with four straight road games, starting in New York on Feb. 1 against the
Following a quick stop at home to host the
The Lakers would then get a lengthy respite for All-Star weekend, eight full days off before returning to action at home against the
After two days off, the Lakers are scheduled to travel to the
The Lakers are to play just 10 games in 28 days, making four appearances on national television (
Though some of the opponents are potentially formidable (Cavaliers, Nets, Nuggets, Nets and Knicks), the Lakers have an opportunity to finish February with a winning record -- provided they survive the first few months of the season.
It took the