February 20th vs. Miami Heat: Win (26-5)
The Lakers won’t lose this NBA Finals rematch with the Miami Heat. They’ll take this one down to the wire with them, but will ultimately prevail despite some great nights from Bam Adebayo and Jimmy Butler.
February 22nd vs. Washington Wizards: Win (27-5)
While the new-look Washington Wizards team featuring newly-acquired Russell Westbrook alongside incumbent star Bradley Beal are intriguing, it does not mean they are all that great of a basketball team. To be honest with you, they are far from it.
The East is weak so they might have some playoff aspirations, but they are not good enough to even sniff the top four seeds of the conference. The Lakers will win this one without breaking a sweat.
February 24th @ Utah Jazz: Loss (27-6)
In a great back and forth battle, the Lakers will lose to the Utah Jazz on their home turf. The Jazz have a very solid team that is extremely well-coached. This is one of those ‘this could go either way’ type games that I have mentioned continuously across my analysis. However, I have the Lakers taking the L.
February 26th vs. Portland Trail Blazers: Win (28-6)
The Lakers will lose the first game of the season series between these two teams, but they won’t lose the second one at home. The Lakers will be able to more effectively game plan against Robert Covington offensively and against Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum on the defensive end.
February 28th vs. Golden State Warriors: Loss (28-7)
This is a game the Lakers can afford to lose. This is likely one of those games where LeBron James will rest out and prepare for the playoffs. Golden State is still a good basketball team and might still be just one tier below the Lakers, but they are more than capable of beating them on any given night.
Warriors win in a convincing way that starts up media chatter about why LeBron James isn’t a team leader and why the Lakers are the Warriors’ little brother in the Western Conference.
March 2nd vs. Phoenix Suns: Win (29-7)
With a newly-minted backcourt of Devin Booker and Chris Paul, the Suns could find themselves sneaking into the playoffs this season. Deandre Ayton will also be one year older and will find himself taking a potentially needed backseat. The Suns will give the Lakers some issues on the defensive end, but they should prevail.
March 3rd @ Sacramento Kings: Win (30-7)
Against most teams, this would likely be a loss, but the Sacramento Kings will once again be bottom feeders in the Western Conference regardless of their off-season moves. De’Aaron Fox is a great player, but there isn’t much to be excited about beyond that unless you’re a big believer in Buddy Hield or Marvin Bagley.