After defeating the Charlotte
The coming schedule for Week 3 will not be easy, with a back-to-back set on the road in Memphis and New Orleans.
The Lakers also play a difficult pair at home against the
A single win in four tries would be an accomplishment. To date, the Lakers are one worse than the cumulative prediction of 2-4.
The Grizzlies (6-1) are one of the top teams in the
The power duo of
Memphis gets their wins with a slow pace, relying heavily on their defense.
If the Lakers can get their offense rolling, the Grizzlies aren't a squad normally able to score well above 100.
An upset isn't out of the question, but it would take a tremendous performance for the Lakers.
Wednesday at New Orleans Pelicans
The Pelicans (3-3) are expecting to be a playoff team this season.
If he can maintain close to his current pace, Davis may finish the season as the best power forward in the game.
New Orleans doesn't have a lot of depth.
Outside of Anderson, the Pelicans rely primarily on starters
The Lakers will get a game or two from New Orleans this season, but after playing the night before in Memphis against the Grizzlies?
Friday vs. San Antonio Spurs
The Spurs (3-3) have yet to play their best basketball but the reigning champions showed their mettle on Monday in a close win over the Clippers (4-3).
For a young, struggling team like the Lakers -- a win over the Spurs would be a big step.
Look for the Lakers to challenge but the combination of
Sunday vs. Golden State Warriors
The Warriors (5-1) have proven to be a difficult matchup for the Lakers already this year (both season and preseason).
If Thompson plays alongside backcourt mate
Without Thompson, Golden State is still a threat. The Lakers shouldn't be favored in any game through Week 3, but one win in four tries is not out of bounds, although the Warriors may be the toughest of the bunch.