What team should the
The answer isn't quite clear as both teams are "fighting" the Lakers for lottery position.
The 22-46 Lakers began Saturday tied in the win column with the 22-47 Jazz. Only the
If the Lakers lost all 14 of their remaining games, they'd finish at 22-60. Since they play both the Magic and the Jazz again, both teams would be guaranteed at least another win.
A Magic weekend sweep over the Jazz and Lakers (on Sunday) would push Orlando to 21 wins -- just one below the Lakers.
Jazz wins over the Magic and Lakers (April 14) would push Utah to at least 24 wins, but Orlando would have just 20 wins, which could lock the Magic into third position in the May 20 draft lottery.
The Lakers aren't going to catch the Bucks and 76ers in the standings but an Orlando winning streak opens the door for the Lakers to slide down to third.
The Magic would still need one more win to establish the possibility of a tie with the Lakers, assuming the Lakers don't win again (which may be a stretch).
A Jazz victory Saturday gives the Lakers a better shot at the fourth-worst record but diminishes the hope for third.
Any additional Lakers win hurts their chances at a higher pick, as the