They'll play three games through Week 8, visiting the
To date, the Lakers are one game behind the cumulative prediction of 9-15.
Monday at Indiana Pacers
The Pacers have lost eight in a row, dealing with a plethora of injuries. They've also played a difficult recent schedule with playoff opponents like the
The Lakers may be vulnerable coming into Indiana, on the second night of a back-to-back, after two emotional games -- an overtime win in San Antonio and a victory in Minnesota with
Just when things are looking up for the Lakers, the Pacers would be a natural setback. If the Lakers have truly turned the corner, they'll prove this prediction wrong.
Friday vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
The Thunder were a mess earlier in the season, with All-Stars
Now they're healthy and the Thunder are once again a problem for most of the league.
Even with the Lakers at home, with Tuesday through Thursday to prepare -- and Oklahoma City playing on Thursday night in
Sunday at Sacramento Kings
The Kings fired their head coach
Sacramento started well, but has fallen on difficult times with center
This won't be an easy game for the Lakers, but given the turmoil in Sacramento, it's a winnable one.