If the franchise is close enough to make a playoff push, a home-heavy April might help -- although this Lakers roster will probably max out at 45 wins. It took 49 for the Dallas Mavericks to make the postseason last year.
Should the Lakers find themselves too far out in mid-March, the team may fizzle out through the final stretch. If so, 35 wins isn't out of the question.
For the Lakers to have success, they'll need Kobe Bryant to out-do Father Time after a down season with knee and Achilles injuries.