Found March 25, 2013 on With Malice:
12 games to go.  LA are in 8th, 2 games ahead of Utah and Dallas in 9th/10th.  3 games behind Houston for 7th.  The smoke's beginning to clear away now, and it looks like predictions of the Lakers making the playoffs will be on the mark.  Hell... it's not like picking contenders for the Kentucky Derby - it's a pretty good bet now that the Lakers will make it. Still, the road home's not easy.  Difficult games litter the last 12.  Hosting Memphis, Dallas the Dubs and Houston... and trips to GSW (today), LAC (har-har), San Antonio and Portland.  That's 8 out of 12 difficult games, and no games on the schedule could be counted as "gimmes".  However, Utah have a tough stretch home too, and of late they've been playing truly abysmal basketball.  Dallas too have a hard road home. 7 of their games remaining are against playoff-bound teams, and only 2 games are relatively soft.  Portland?  Well... mathematically they're still in it.  But with 9 games...
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