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Can the Lakers reach the Top 6 and avoid the Play-In Tournament?
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No, but finish #7/#8 (top of the bracket).
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No, they'll finish at #9 where they sit today.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 02, 2024 10:22 am    Post subject:

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The Lakers advantage is they have a very light schedule and can (and should) win out for the rest of the season.

The teams around them in the standings are playing each other meaning there are several guaranteed losses every night. If the Lakers take care of their own games, they will keep moving up.


Back-to-back against Minnesota is a schedule loss imo. Apr 9th game against GSW 3rd game in 4 night is a 70% loss so Lakers could finish 47-35. Pelicans would have to go 2-5 rest of the way for the Lakers to overtake them.

Back to back against Minny, I think if Gobert was playing, the Lakers would just rest Bron and AD as they normally do on a back-to-back anyways.
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lakersfever714 wrote:
Treble Clef wrote:
The Lakers advantage is they have a very light schedule and can (and should) win out for the rest of the season.

The teams around them in the standings are playing each other meaning there are several guaranteed losses every night. If the Lakers take care of their own games, they will keep moving up.


Back-to-back against Minnesota is a schedule loss imo. Apr 9th game against GSW 3rd game in 4 night is a 70% loss so Lakers could finish 47-35. Pelicans would have to go 2-5 rest of the way for the Lakers to overtake them.

Back to back against Minny, I think if Gobert was playing, the Lakers would just rest Bron and AD as they normally do on a back-to-back anyways.


lol 70% loss to warriors, as long as AD and Bron will play, no way warriors will win.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 02, 2024 5:26 pm    Post subject:

The Lakers are criminally underrated right now. People are really talking about them like a regular 8-9 seed.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 02, 2024 5:26 pm    Post subject:

Treble Clef wrote:
The Lakers are criminally underrated right now. People are really talking about them like a regular 8-9 seed.


I like it that way, prove those media/haters wrong.
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Treble Clef wrote:
The Lakers are criminally underrated right now. People are really talking about them like a regular 8-9 seed.


I like it that way, prove those media/haters wrong.


It’s probably an easier spot to operate from. I’m just so used to the media overrating the Lakers.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 02, 2024 5:31 pm    Post subject:

Treble Clef wrote:
The Lakers are criminally underrated right now. People are really talking about them like a regular 8-9 seed.


Then the best way to shut them up is by going on a nice run from here on out
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 02, 2024 5:31 pm    Post subject:

Treble Clef wrote:
The Lakers are criminally underrated right now. People are really talking about them like a regular 8-9 seed.


The record for the DLo/Austin/Rui/LeBron/AD starting group is 14-6. That’s a 57-win pace over 82 games. As it stands, only OKC is on pace for 57 wins.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 02, 2024 5:33 pm    Post subject:

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Treble Clef wrote:
The Lakers are criminally underrated right now. People are really talking about them like a regular 8-9 seed.


The record for the DLo/Austin/Rui/LeBron/AD starting group is 14-6. That’s a 57-win pace over 82 games. As it stands, only OKC is on pace for 57 wins.


Imagine if we had Vando and Gabe most season also...
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 02, 2024 5:39 pm    Post subject:

The goal is not top 6, it's top 8, that way with a play in win we can become 7th seed and dodge the 1st seed for 2 rounds. No matter who the 1st seed is, what our advantage may or may not be, refs and media will always be with the 1st seed over 8th, no 8th seed has ever gone on to win. Too much to overcome. So focus on 7th seed instead. Build momentum by winning against 2nd and then winner of 3/6, then take on the 1st with momentum, media, refs, etc all willing to make it a fair game
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 02, 2024 6:01 pm    Post subject:

ArminNBA wrote:
Treble Clef wrote:
The Lakers are criminally underrated right now. People are really talking about them like a regular 8-9 seed.


The record for the DLo/Austin/Rui/LeBron/AD starting group is 14-6. That’s a 57-win pace over 82 games. As it stands, only OKC is on pace for 57 wins.


the only one holding them back are back2back games, coz they cant risk bron playing both, come playoffs time, its hard to beat them as long as bron and ad are healthy. Thats why I am hoping they meet the Nuggets earlier where Bron and AD are still fresh.
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leking006 wrote:
lakersfever714 wrote:
Treble Clef wrote:
The Lakers advantage is they have a very light schedule and can (and should) win out for the rest of the season.

The teams around them in the standings are playing each other meaning there are several guaranteed losses every night. If the Lakers take care of their own games, they will keep moving up.


Back-to-back against Minnesota is a schedule loss imo. Apr 9th game against GSW 3rd game in 4 night is a 70% loss so Lakers could finish 47-35. Pelicans would have to go 2-5 rest of the way for the Lakers to overtake them.

Back to back against Minny, I think if Gobert was playing, the Lakers would just rest Bron and AD as they normally do on a back-to-back anyways.


lol 70% loss to warriors, as long as AD and Bron will play, no way warriors will win.


We're 1-1 against them this season with Bron and AD playing healthy. That April 9th game will be 3rd game in 4 nights though and we all know what happens when Bron and AD are tired.

Maybe Lakers will rest Bron and AD against Minnesota and just concede that game. In that case, we would have a 70% of winning against GSW.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 02, 2024 6:33 pm    Post subject:

lakersfever714 wrote:
leking006 wrote:
lakersfever714 wrote:
Treble Clef wrote:
The Lakers advantage is they have a very light schedule and can (and should) win out for the rest of the season.

The teams around them in the standings are playing each other meaning there are several guaranteed losses every night. If the Lakers take care of their own games, they will keep moving up.


Back-to-back against Minnesota is a schedule loss imo. Apr 9th game against GSW 3rd game in 4 night is a 70% loss so Lakers could finish 47-35. Pelicans would have to go 2-5 rest of the way for the Lakers to overtake them.

Back to back against Minny, I think if Gobert was playing, the Lakers would just rest Bron and AD as they normally do on a back-to-back anyways.


lol 70% loss to warriors, as long as AD and Bron will play, no way warriors will win.


We're 1-1 against them this season with Bron and AD playing healthy. That April 9th game will be 3rd game in 4 nights though and we all know what happens when Bron and AD are tired.

Maybe Lakers will rest Bron and AD against Minnesota and just concede that game. In that case, we would have a 70% of winning against GSW.


AD left the game after the 1st quarter in the loss
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 02, 2024 6:35 pm    Post subject:

lakersfever714 wrote:
leking006 wrote:
lakersfever714 wrote:
Treble Clef wrote:
The Lakers advantage is they have a very light schedule and can (and should) win out for the rest of the season.

The teams around them in the standings are playing each other meaning there are several guaranteed losses every night. If the Lakers take care of their own games, they will keep moving up.


Back-to-back against Minnesota is a schedule loss imo. Apr 9th game against GSW 3rd game in 4 night is a 70% loss so Lakers could finish 47-35. Pelicans would have to go 2-5 rest of the way for the Lakers to overtake them.

Back to back against Minny, I think if Gobert was playing, the Lakers would just rest Bron and AD as they normally do on a back-to-back anyways.


lol 70% loss to warriors, as long as AD and Bron will play, no way warriors will win.


We're 1-1 against them this season with Bron and AD playing healthy. That April 9th game will be 3rd game in 4 nights though and we all know what happens when Bron and AD are tired.

Maybe Lakers will rest Bron and AD against Minnesota and just concede that game. In that case, we would have a 70% of winning against GSW.


I dont think they can afford to concede any game unless they are happy with finishing at the 9th spot.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 02, 2024 6:35 pm    Post subject:

lakersfever714 wrote:
leking006 wrote:
lakersfever714 wrote:
Treble Clef wrote:
The Lakers advantage is they have a very light schedule and can (and should) win out for the rest of the season.

The teams around them in the standings are playing each other meaning there are several guaranteed losses every night. If the Lakers take care of their own games, they will keep moving up.


Back-to-back against Minnesota is a schedule loss imo. Apr 9th game against GSW 3rd game in 4 night is a 70% loss so Lakers could finish 47-35. Pelicans would have to go 2-5 rest of the way for the Lakers to overtake them.

Back to back against Minny, I think if Gobert was playing, the Lakers would just rest Bron and AD as they normally do on a back-to-back anyways.


lol 70% loss to warriors, as long as AD and Bron will play, no way warriors will win.


We're 1-1 against them this season with Bron and AD playing healthy. That April 9th game will be 3rd game in 4 nights though and we all know what happens when Bron and AD are tired.

Maybe Lakers will rest Bron and AD against Minnesota and just concede that game. In that case, we would have a 70% of winning against GSW.


lol are you sure? the 2 losses against them

1 bron was out
2 AD got injured early in the game when he is having a monster game (8 pts in 11 mins then got injured and didn't return). healthy?

mind you both are still a close game even if 1 of bron and ad are gone.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 02, 2024 6:40 pm    Post subject:

miggz23 wrote:
lakersfever714 wrote:
leking006 wrote:
lakersfever714 wrote:
Treble Clef wrote:
The Lakers advantage is they have a very light schedule and can (and should) win out for the rest of the season.

The teams around them in the standings are playing each other meaning there are several guaranteed losses every night. If the Lakers take care of their own games, they will keep moving up.


Back-to-back against Minnesota is a schedule loss imo. Apr 9th game against GSW 3rd game in 4 night is a 70% loss so Lakers could finish 47-35. Pelicans would have to go 2-5 rest of the way for the Lakers to overtake them.

Back to back against Minny, I think if Gobert was playing, the Lakers would just rest Bron and AD as they normally do on a back-to-back anyways.


lol 70% loss to warriors, as long as AD and Bron will play, no way warriors will win.


We're 1-1 against them this season with Bron and AD playing healthy. That April 9th game will be 3rd game in 4 nights though and we all know what happens when Bron and AD are tired.

Maybe Lakers will rest Bron and AD against Minnesota and just concede that game. In that case, we would have a 70% of winning against GSW.


I dont think they can afford to concede any game unless they are happy with finishing at the 9th spot.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 02, 2024 8:46 pm    Post subject:

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The goal is not top 6, it's top 8, that way with a play in win we can become 7th seed and dodge the 1st seed for 2 rounds. No matter who the 1st seed is, what our advantage may or may not be, refs and media will always be with the 1st seed over 8th, no 8th seed has ever gone on to win. Too much to overcome. So focus on 7th seed instead. Build momentum by winning against 2nd and then winner of 3/6, then take on the 1st with momentum, media, refs, etc all willing to make it a fair game
Goal should be that 6th spot, if they can win out, they will have a whole week to rest and practice. Even if they go 2-1 these nest 3 they still have a good chance, at minimum they need to try and get one game behind NOP so that they have a mini play in game for that 6th spot the last game of the season.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 02, 2024 9:46 pm    Post subject:

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The goal is not top 6, it's top 8, that way with a play in win we can become 7th seed and dodge the 1st seed for 2 rounds. No matter who the 1st seed is, what our advantage may or may not be, refs and media will always be with the 1st seed over 8th, no 8th seed has ever gone on to win. Too much to overcome. So focus on 7th seed instead. Build momentum by winning against 2nd and then winner of 3/6, then take on the 1st with momentum, media, refs, etc all willing to make it a fair game

If you finish sixth you'll also dodge the first seed for two rounds. But you'll also avoid the play-in tournament, where you'll have to beat one or two very good teams just to make the playoffs.

Instead, you'll get a few days off before the playoffs start. That will give you time to rest (especially good for LeBron) and even hold a full practice or two.

Sometimes I really wonder if these Lakers teams the last two or three years have been content with simply getting a play-in spot and thought they could wait until April to start playing hard and as well as they're capable of playing.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 03, 2024 12:28 am    Post subject:

Do you guys realize how hard the back-to-back game against Minnesota will be? and then two days later against GSW? You guys should understand how the Lakers usually perform when tired.

Lakers are 7-3 in their last 10 games. They lost against Indiana, GSW and Kings. All their wins have been against mediocre teams except against Indiana.

I WANT to win all of the remaining games but it's going to be very, very difficult and it would exhaust Bron and AD. If we didn't improve to 8th or better, then we'd have to play two more elimination games after that.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 03, 2024 6:49 am    Post subject:

If Rui, Russell and Lebron can lock in defensively, we could really have something special with this starting 5. I'm slowly starting to believe. We all know they can score with anyone, but who will rebound, defend and do the little things when the playoffs come around?
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 03, 2024 8:56 am    Post subject:

It’s possible for the Lakers to pass the Suns/Kings/Pels and get the 6th seed. I think the most likely scenario is that the Lakers only pass the Suns and end up in the 8th play-in spot. The projections below however, if played out, could result in the Lakers getting the 6th seed.

Lakers
@Tor W
@Was W
Clev W
Min L
GSW W
@Mem W
@NOP W
6-1

Pels
Orl W
SA W
@Pho L
@Port W
@Sac L
@GSW L
LAL L
3-4

Suns
Cle W
Min L
NOP W
LAC W
@LAC L
@SAC W
@Min L
4-3

Kings
@NYK L
@Bos L
@Bkn W
@OKC L
NOP W
Pho L
Por W
3-4

Final Projections
6 LAL 48-34
7 NOP 48-34
8 Pho 48-34
9 Sac 47-35

W or L = win or loss was as projected
W or L = win or loss was not as projected
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 03, 2024 5:33 pm    Post subject:

That 6th is within arms reach. Magic are up on the pels, 3rd quarter.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 03, 2024 5:44 pm    Post subject:

lakersfever714 wrote:
Do you guys realize how hard the back-to-back game against Minnesota will be? and then two days later against GSW? You guys should understand how the Lakers usually perform when tired.

Lakers are 7-3 in their last 10 games. They lost against Indiana, GSW and Kings. All their wins have been against mediocre teams except against Indiana.

I WANT to win all of the remaining games but it's going to be very, very difficult and it would exhaust Bron and AD. If we didn't improve to 8th or better, then we'd have to play two more elimination games after that.


lol stop it. Lakers kept winning and you still doubting.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 03, 2024 5:46 pm    Post subject:

Lakers moving up has a very high chance of happening.. the team is playing well and are playing with a purpose, the turnovers need to be cut down though cause it won’t cut it against the top tier teams
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 03, 2024 5:48 pm    Post subject:

Hanging from Rafters wrote:
It’s possible for the Lakers to pass the Suns/Kings/Pels and get the 6th seed. I think the most likely scenario is that the Lakers only pass the Suns and end up in the 8th play-in spot. The projections below however, if played out, could result in the Lakers getting the 6th seed.

Lakers
@Tor W
@Was W
Clev W
Min L
GSW W
@Mem W
@NOP W
6-1

Pels
Orl W
SA W
@Pho L
@Port W
@Sac L
@GSW L
LAL L
3-4

Suns
Cle W
Min L
NOP W
LAC W
@LAC L
@SAC W
@Min L
4-3

Kings
@NYK L
@Bos L
@Bkn W
@OKC L
NOP W
Pho L
Por W
3-4

Final Projections
6 LAL 48-34
7 NOP 48-34
8 Pho 48-34
9 Sac 47-35

W or L = win or loss was as projected
W or L = win or loss was not as projected


sadly celtics will not go all out vs kings, they are already sure of the #1 spot.

good thing you include the pels as most of the guys here already thinking they will be in top 6 and win 50 games.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 03, 2024 5:59 pm    Post subject:

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Lakers moving up has a very high chance of happening.. the team is playing well and are playing with a purpose, the turnovers need to be cut down though cause it won’t cut it against the top tier teams


if pels will continue to go down, there is a chance they will overtake them. but Lakers can afford to lose just 1 game from here on. Sadly losing 2 games will stuck them in the 9th spot.
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