After a brief, two-game winning streak, the Lakers have dropped three straight to fall to 5-16 on the season.
They'll play just three games through Week 7, hosting the Sacramento Kings (11-10) on Tuesday followed by road games on Friday in San Antonio and Sunday in Minnesota.
To date, the Lakers are two games behind the cumulative prediction of 7-14.
Tuesday vs. Sacramento Kings
The Kings opened the season well, but have struggled after losing center DeMarcus Cousins for an indefinite period with a bout of viral meningitis.
Cousins is averaging 23.5 points and 12.6 rebounds a game, a lot for the Kings to try and replace.
The Lakers haven't been particularly competitive of late, but Tuesday is a game they should probably take.
Friday at San Antonio Spurs
San Antonio (15-5) isn't quite at their best with Tony Parker hobbled (ribs) and Patty Mills (shoulder) out -- but they're still the Spurs.
A slump for San Antonio means a loss every now and then, but rarely to a downtrodden team like the Lakers.
The Lakers aren't quite up to snuff just yet.
Sunday at Minnesota Timberwolves
The Timberwolves (4-16) are the only team in the Western Conference with a worse record than the Lakers.
Despite the Lakers' recent struggles, getting back at the Wolves is a viable possibility.