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LA Insider projects the Lakers record through the first month

By James Brown

LA Insider projects the Lakers record through the first month

An LA insider shares his predictions for the Lakers' first month matches, and things are not looking great.

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The Los Angeles Lakers full schedule was released a couple of days back and now we know who the team is playing and when. Last year the team had a rough time as they lost both LeBron James and Anthony Davis for big chunks of the season. This resulted in a 33-win season, which meant they missed out on the playoffs. Now with both players coming on healthy, they can hope things go better for them in the upcoming season.

The first month of the season for the Lakers might be one of the toughest parts of their schedule. 16 out of their first 20 games will be against opponents from the West. Not to mention that they will start the season with games against the two teams that are favorites to win it all, as they play on Opening Night against the defending champions Golden State, and two days later they face the L.A Clippers. According to Jovan Buha from The Athletic, the Lakers might be below .500 after the first month.

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"The Lakers’ start to the season is rough. On the one hand, 10 of their first 15 games are at home. On the other hand, they play the Warriors, Clippers (twice), Nuggets (twice), Timberwolves, Pelicans, Cavaliers and Nets during that stretch. The Lakers desperately need to get off to a good start to cleanse the sour taste of last season, but it seems realistic that they’ll be hovering at or below .500 through the first month of the season." explained the insider.

The Lakers should desperately add some more pieces to a below-average roster if they want to compete for the championship. Of course, they are set on adding Kyrie Irving, which definitely would improve the team, but it seems the Nets are not really willing to trade him away. Rob Pelinka should start making some moves to add ‘size and shooters’, as he said he will, before the start of the training camp if he wants a chance at the playoffs.

Can the Lakers win on Opening Night?

Stranger things have happened. The Lakers hopefully will start the season with a healthy LeBron and a healthy Davis. Those two together should give the team a chance to win every game. However, they are facing the defending champions Golden State. Whatever the result might end up being, it will give us an indication of what to expect from the team.

 


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