The Lakers are getting increasingly difficult to predict, losing last week to the Minnesota Timberwolves (4-12) but winning Sunday against the top team in the Eastern Conference, the Toronto Raptors (13-4).
At 4-13, it's almost always a safer bet to pick the Lakers to lose.
Through Week 6, they'll hit the road for three games in four nights, before returning home to host the New Orleans Pelicans (7-8) on Sunday. Only one of their opponents has a winning record.
To date, the Lakers are one game behind the cumulative prediction of 5-12.
Tuesday at Detroit Pistons
Detroit scores 91.9 points a game, well below the Lakers' 104.1.
The Lakers have managed to give up 112.0 points a night while the Pistons play a slower pace, yielding 98.4.
This is a game the Lakers could and probably should win.
Wednesday at Washington Wizards
The Wizards (11-5) are one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference. To date, the Lakers are a perfect 3-0 against the east.
Playing in Washington on the second night of a back-to-back is a lot to ask of the shaky Lakers.
John Wall and Bradley Beal are a dynamic backcourt, while Marcin Gortat, Nene and Paul Pierce round out a very solid squad. Nene has been out with foot issues but may be back on the court by Wednesday.
Friday at Boston Celtics
This is the toughest game of the week to call. Even when the Lakers were laboring through their worst season since moving to Los Angeles, they still handled the Celtics.
Boston has a lot of young, talented players and a capable veteran point guard in Rajon Rondo, but the squad has struggled to win (4-10).
Expect a big game from Kobe Bryant, but it may not be enough.
Sunday vs. New Orleans Pelicans
The Lakers will probably finish behind New Orleans in the standings, but they should be able to get the victory Sunday.