The Lakers failed to get back on track in Week 12, dropping to 17-23. In 12th place in the Western Conference, the Lakers have a challenging road ahead if they're to climb back into playoff contention.
The team is seven losses below the cumulative predictions for weeks 1 through 12.
Monday at Chicago Bulls
The Bulls play formidable defense. That's their hallmark.
Offensively, they've struggled without Derrick Rose, but at 23-16, they're still one of the better teams in the Eastern Conference.
The Lakers will have a difficult time getting a win in Chicago on the second night of a back-to-back, although it's unclear if Luol Deng will play because of a sore hamstring.
While the Lakers are just 5-13 on the road, the Bulls are surprisingly mediocre at home (11-11). Chicago is relatively dominant on the road at 12-5.
This is the game to steal ...
Wednesday at Memphis Grizzlies
The Grizzlies are a tough, physical team. They're holding opponents to just 89.6 points a game.
Friday vs. Utah Jazz
The Jazz have been playing well lately but they're much more successful at home (13-4) than on the road (9-15).
This will be Lakers' final meeting against the Jazz. Utah has swept both games this season.
Sunday vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
Do the Lakers look like a team ready to take on the best in the league?
The Thunder are explosive offensively. Can Bryant slow Russell Westbrook?
A Lakers win would be a leap into respectability, but victory seems unlikely.