The Los Angeles Lakers will head into March with a comfortable lead in the Western Conference and need to continue the hot play in March.
It seems like all but a foregone conclusion that the Los Angeles Lakers will finish with the first seed in the Western Conference. At the time of writing this, prior to the team’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday night, the Lakers are 45-12 and have a six-game lead over the Denver Nuggets.
The Lakers have 25 more games this season and it would take some uncharacteristic play out of the team to even open the door for the Nuggets or Los Angeles Clippers to win the Western Conference.
Even if the Lakers somehow barely go .500 to finish the season, going 13-12 in the last 25, the team would still finish with a 58-24 record. The Nuggets or Clippers would have to finish 19-4 to finish with a better record.
So as long as the Lakers do not have a complete meltdown and either the Nuggets or Clippers finish red hot, the rest of the games are all but a formality at this point.
While they might not change the Lakers’ seeding in the conference, the next 25 games do play a big role in building momentum for the playoffs. A strong finish to the season would not only get the ball rolling for the team’s momentum but can also help Frank Vogel figure out some rotational questions for the playoffs.
The Los Angeles Lakers have 15 games in the month of March and there are some interesting challenges in the 31-day period. Here is how we see the 15 games panning out.