To date, the Lakers are one better than the cumulative prediction of 15-47.
Tuesday vs. Detroit Pistons
The Pistons have lost six straight, dropping the franchise a full five games behind the seventh-place Indiana Pacers and eighth-place Charlotte Hornets. If the Pistons hope to make the playoffs, they'll need to pass the Brooklyn Nets, Boston Celtics, Miami Heat and Hornets -- a tall order.
Since joining the team in a trade from the Oklahoma City Thunder, point guard Reggie Jackson has been a mixed bag, averaging 17.1 points and 7.3 assists a game, but shooting just 37.7% from the field and 28.0% from three-point range.
Thursday vs. New York Knicks
The Knicks are the worst team in the NBA. As bad as the Lakers' record may be, they're better than the Knicks.
Oft-injured forward/center Andrea Bargnani may be the Knicks' best player, although rookie Langston Galloway has gotten an opportunity similar to Lakers' guard Jordan Clarkson -- showing serious flashes that he may be an NBA rotation player.
Sunday vs. Atlanta Hawks
The Hawks have long-emerged as the best team in the Eastern Conference, at least by record. Atlanta has an 11-game lead over the second-place Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Lakers previously defeated the Hawks in Atlanta. Look for a revenge game from the home team.