Originally posted on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 1/14/13
The addition of Dwight Howard and Steve Nash has not translated into wins for the LA Lakers.   Can they still make a push to reach the playoffs at 15-21 and 5 games behind the 8th spot? After 36 games, the Los Angeles Lakers are 15-21 with a 6-game losing streak. They sit 11th in the Western Conference and are 5 games behind the 8th spot which the Portland Trailblazers currently occupy. The safe estimate in the number of wins needed to reach the playoffs in the West is from 46-50 wins in the ultra-competitive Western Conference.    For argument’s sake, the Lakers probably need to win at least 48 games to give themselves a chance to make the post-season. That means they need to go 33-13 in their last 46 games, a winning percentage of 0.717 or winning at least 7 of every 10 games. Can the Lakers still do that?   To check the Lakers’s chances of making the playoffs, we have to talk a look at their remaining schedule. They have played 19 (10-9 record) home games and 17 (5-12) on the road which
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