The Lakers took what was a very winnable week and lost two of three. Now at 8-9, the team hits the road, where they've won just one of five. The Lakers are now three wins behind predictions for Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.
Regardless, the team has the chance get some wins on the road with visits to the Houston Rockets and New Orleans Hornets on back-to-back nights. They'll wrap up the short trip in Oklahoma City on Thursday before hosting the Utah Jazz on Sunday.
At full strength the team would have a good chance to get at least three wins but based on the current state of affairs, even a split might be progress.
Dec. 4 at Houston
This is the key for the week: getting started with a win to build some level of confidence on the road. The Lakers can beat the Rockets but can they get it done in Houston?
Dec. 5 at New Orleans
The Lakers have a real opportunity to repair their poor start with two straight wins to start the road trip. That would put the team back above .500 and at 3-4 on the road.
Dec. 7 at Oklahoma City
The Thunder have started to blossom after an early season adjustment period following the James Harden trade.
The Lakers may be able to challenge the Thunder later in the season once Nash is healthy and integrated. At this point?
Dec. 9 vs. Utah
The Lakers lost their final game of the Mike Brown era in Utah, 95-86. The Jazz opened an early lead and, although the Lakers challenged multiple times, a big night from Randy Foye was too much to overcome.
Utah is currently 9-9, perfect at home, but just 3-9 on the road.
This is yet another game the Lakers "should" win, but the predictions are starting to be shaped by regular letdowns.
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