Heading into a two-game stretch on consecutive nights on the road against the defense-minded
The Lakers are now alone in last place in the Western Conference, one game behind the
Though the season hasn't gone as planned for the Lakers, the franchise has significantly improved its chances in the May 20 NBA draft lottery. The worse the Lakers do now, the better position (and player) they're likely to get in the draft on June 26.
The top two spots in the lottery appear to be taken. The
Meanwhile, the Sixers just got pummeled by the Bucks on Monday night.
The Lakers stand two ahead of the
The longtime rival
The Lakers also need to "hold off" the Jazz and Kings, or even the
If they're in the fifth position, the Lakers have just a 55.3% chance at a top-five pick. If the Lakers fall to the six to nine range, the odds of climbing are very slim (1%-2.2% range).
The Lakers play Sacramento at
If the Bucks, 76ers and the Magic are able to corner the top three lottery positions, it's in the Lakers' best interest to finish lower than the Celtics, Kings, Jazz and Knicks.
With the fourth-worst record in the
The projected draft pool could include Kansas players Joel Embiid and