After playing 10 of their last 12 games on the road, the
In addition to a long list of injuries, the Lakers have had a difficult schedule with 29 games on the road, where they're 10-19. At home, they've won eight of 21.
Injuries played a major part in the Lakers' poor January showing of 3-12. The return of
The Lakers are playing with a skeleton crew since
With 32 games left to play, the Lakers are 11 1/2 games behind the eighth-place
Even with the recent uptick, the Lakers have the eighth-worst record in the league. The lower the team finishes in the standings, the higher the Lakers will pick in the 2014
The negative of beating the Cavaliers and 76ers, the Lakers are "chasing" both in the draft lottery.
The Lakers are also behind the
It's unclear exactly which prospects will declare for the draft, but drafting No. 10 could be too low to get players like the duo Kansas' Joel Embiid and