Los Angeles Lakers: December will be the toughest month of the regular season

The Los Angeles Lakers have matched the franchise’s best start of the season while owning the league’s best record at 17-2.

The Los Angeles Lakers are off to a terrific start this season with a 17-2 record, but there upcoming schedule in December will be the toughest of the season.

Out of the 19 games the Lakers have played so far this season, only six of them have been against teams with a winning record. Their schedule has been weak. Their opponents’ .475 winning percentage ranks 24th in the NBA. The Lakers lost to the Clippers and Raptors this season which only leaves them with four wins against teams with a winning record.

According to Basketball-Reference, the Lakers will have the hardest schedule in the NBA for the month of December. The Lakers will be playing a total of 14 games this upcoming month, nine away and five at home. They’ll also be playing 11 of there 14 games against teams with winning records.

There will be a couple of must-see games this upcoming month which includes games against the Clippers, Bucks, and the Nuggets. The Laker’s most important game of the month will be against the Clippers on Christmas day.

They’ll be looking for revenge after suffering the disappointing loss to them on Opening Night. This time though, both teams will most likely be fully healthy and know what to expect when they play.

The results of there December schedule will ultimately decide how good the Lakers really are. This past week, the Lakers have been struggling against teams because of there slow starts and defense.

When they played the Pelicans, Jrue Holiday scored a season-high 25 points in the first half. Rajon Rondo, who has been receiving more minutes in Bradley’s absence, was not getting the job done.

The Lakers will surely need Avery Bradley him back in the lineup as he is one of their best perimeter defenders on the team. With Bradley in the lineup, the Lakers average more blocks, steals, and total rebounds according to Basketball-Reference. When Bradley gets back in the lineup, we’ll finally get to see them play at full strength against teams.

This December schedule will surely build team chemistry between all the players. The Los Angeles Lakers will also be having there longest road trip of the season with five games.

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