After a 27-55 season, the
With the addition of rookie power forward
If so, March may decide if they have any hope for a playoff spot.
Of their 16 games that month, the Lakers are to play nine on the road, and 10 are against teams that advanced to the postseason last year.
The Lakers are scheduled to begin the month at home against the
The team then is set to return home for four straight, starting with the
The Lakers then are set to get two days off before hosting the
March is scheduled to wrap up with the Lakers on the road for their longest trip of the season -- five games starting with a back-to-back in Oklahoma City (March 24) and Minnesota (March 25). The Lakers would then continue the trip in Toronto (March 27) and Brooklyn (March 29) before finishing on another back-to-back in Philadelphia (March 30).
In total, the Lakers are to play four times on consecutive nights. They are scheduled to be on national television six times (
Drawing the Thunder (twice), Hornets, Grizzlies, Mavericks, Warriors and other playoff opponents will be a challenge, but facing squads such as the Sixers (twice), Pistons, Jazz and
Even if the Lakers manage to split their 16 games in March, they may struggle to get above the 38-39-win range.
Last season, the 48-win
That said, although expectations may not be high for the Lakers this year, health and a little luck could keep them near the playoff bubble heading into the final month of the season.