With their Sunday night loss to the
They'll play four games through Week 7, visiting the
Through six weeks of play, the Lakers are two wins behind the cumulative prediction of 5-15.
Monday at Toronto Raptors
The Lakers played the Raptors relatively well at Staples Center on Nov. 20, but 25 points from
Though the Lakers got strong performances from Julius Randle,
Playing in Toronto, on the second night of a back-to-back, will be a challenge.
Wednesday at Minnesota Timberwolves
The Lakers seemed to have the Timberwolves on the ropes on opening night, but they allowed Minnesota to come back for the win. The Lakers' season has been downhill since.
Top pick Karl-Anthony Towns has been an impressive rookie, but the bigger challenge may be second-year forward Andrew Wiggins.
The Timberwolves, currently losers of three straight, are inconsistent and vulnerable. The Lakers have a real shot to get this one, but their track record is too weak to pick them to win.
Friday at San Antonio Spurs
The Spurs are the second-best team in the
San Antonio gives up just 89.3 points a game, while scoring 99.3. The Lakers have less-favorable stats, yielding 105.7 but producing 96.5.
The combination of
Sunday at Houston Rockets
Houston has also been uneven this season, but after three wins in a row, they've climbed into the top eight in the Western Conference.
Defensively, Houston is bad, giving up 107.3 points a night, but dealing with big-time-scorer
The Lakers could get through Week 7 with wins in Minnesota and Houston, but they're more likely to go 0-4.