The Los Angeles Lakers wrapped up the first half of the 2022-23 NBA season on Wednesday with a big win over the New Orleans Pelicans. This was the first time that the new-look roster was completely together and it was a sight to behold.
After getting a taste of how fun this team could be, Lakers fans are now going to have to wait as the league is entering the All-Star Break. The All-Star Game is on Sunday, February 19 with regular action resuming after that.
This is the longest break of the regular season and after seeing how special this team could be on Wednesday, it is going to feel like an eternity for fans.
When do the Lakers play again? Lakers next game date:
The Los Angeles Lakers’ next game after the break will be on Thursday, February 23 at 7:00 p.m. PT. Los Angeles is hosting the Golden State Warriors before hitting the road for a three-game road trip that will take the team into March.
What place are the Lakers in at the All-Star Break?
Los Angeles improved its first-half record to 27-32 with a win over the Pelicans and will head into the break as the 13th-ranked team in the Western Conference. There is one more Western Conference game to be played between the Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Clippers but it will not impact what place the Lakers are in.
Los Angeles is two games out of the 10th-seeded Oklahoma City Thunder to get into the play-in tournament. The eighth-seeded Pelicans are three games ahead of LA while the seventh-seeded Mavericks are 3.5 games back.
The Minnesota Timberwolves currently occupy the sixth seed in the West and are 3.5 games ahead of Los Angeles.
How many games do the Lakers have left?
Los Angeles has 23 more games to play after the All-Star Break. If Minnesota and Dallas both close the season with a .500 record then LA will have to go 16-7 in the final 23 games to leapfrog them to be a top-six seed.
How many all-stars do the Lakers have?
There will only be one player representing the purple and gold during the All-Star Game. LeBron James will be captaining one of the teams as he was the leading vote-getter, which is not a surprise at all as that has been the status quo.
Anthony Davis was playing at an MVP level early on and was a shoo-in to start in the Western Conference but injuries ultimately derailed him from playing in the game.