After their best week of the season, the
At 8-19, the Lakers are in 13th place in the Western Conference.
They'll play four difficult games through Week 9, hosting the
To date, the Lakers are two games behind the cumulative prediction of 10-17.
Tuesday vs. Golden State Warriors
The Warriors have the best record in the
With scorers Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson in the backcourt, and forwards
The Lakers aren't yet up to the challenge of the surging Warriors.
Thursday at Chicago Bulls
The Lakers visit
The Bulls have struggled to stay healthy this year, with Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah,
Depending on how many Bulls are healthy on Christmas Day, the Lakers should be in for a challenge.
Friday at Dallas Mavericks
The Mavericks recently acquired point guard
He joins an already potent team with
The Mavericks were already a threat in the Western Conference before acquiring Rondo.
The Lakers are floundering, 11 1/2 games behind Dallas.
Sunday vs. Phoenix Suns
If the Lakers get a game this week, it's Sunday against the Suns, but Phoenix is a particularly tough matchup with guards
The Lakers have already lost twice to the Suns, by 20 points in Phoenix and six at Staples Center.
After a long, difficult week, the Lakers may be able to pull out a win, but 0-4 is a realistic possibility.