The Lakers (12-27) are in 14th place in the Western Conference, just one game behind the
The benefit from an awful season is typically a high draft pick, but the Lakers owe their 2015 first-rounder to the
According to gambling website Bovada, the Lakers have 5/7 odds of finishing the season with a bottom-five record.
Heading into Wednesday's games, the Lakers are ahead of just the
Other teams on the bubble include the Orlando Magic (14-27),
The Pistons have won nine of their last 10, surging after cutting forward
The Lakers are a longshot to finish with the worst overall record (Bovada gives 7-1 odds), and there's still a very reasonable chance the team will lose their pick this year to the Suns. If not, the Lakers will owe their 2016 first-rounder, this time with top-three protection.
Another concern for the Lakers -- even if they do finish in 26th place, they still have to get through the NBA's draft lottery May 19. The fifth-worst team only has a 44.8% chance of dropping to sixth, seventh or eighth. Of course, the Lakers might actually win the lottery, with 29.2% odds of jumping to a top-three pick.
Meanwhile, Coach Byron Scott and his players are doing everything they can to win games -- albeit with limited success.