The Lakers are still in ninth place in the Western Conference standings, but with 21 games left in the regular season are still close to climbing into the top eight.
Former Lakers star and executive Jerry West, who is currently an executive board member for the Golden State Warriors, thinks the team will land a post-season berth.
"The Lakers are playing better now, especially defensively," West told the websiteSportsOnEarth.com on Sunday. "I think they'll make the playoffs. I think the worst is behind them."
Injuries have been an issue for the Lakers all season but West noted that it's not easy to meld stars together as a cohesive unit.
"What people don't understand is the enormous adjustment you have to make as a player in those situations," West said. "I was a scorer. Elgin Baylor was a scorer and Wilt Chamberlain, even then, liked the ball. We all had to put everything else aside."
West also said he isn't comfortable with some of what he sees on the court around the league.