Lakers’ Performance Drops to 3-8 After Inaugural NBA In-Season Tournament Victory Against Pacers

‣ The Los Angeles Lakers have a poor record of 3-8 since winning the NBA In-Season Tournament, with their only victories coming against the San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder, and Charlotte Hornets.
‣ Despite LeBron James scoring 34 points and Anthony Davis adding 20 points and 10 rebounds in their recent game against the New Orleans Pelicans, the Lakers still lost, marking their seventh loss in nine games.
‣ The Lakers have a 17-17 overall record this season, with a particularly poor performance on the road, winning only six games out of 19. They also have several players listed as questionable due to injuries.

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The Los Angeles Lakers are in a bit of a slump. They’re 3-8 since bagging the inaugural NBA In-Season Tournament in Las Vegas, where they triumphed over the Indiana Pacers.

The only wins they’ve managed to scrape together during this downturn were against the San Antonio Spurs (5-27) on Dec. 13, Oklahoma City Thunder (22-9) on Dec. 23, and Charlotte Hornets (7-23) on Dec. 28. Not exactly a winning streak, huh?

During the tournament semi-final, they did manage to pull off a 133-89 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans in Las Vegas on Dec. 7. But was that just a fluke?

Fast forward to New Year’s Eve, and the Lakers were handed a 129-109 defeat by the very same Pelicans. Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram each netted 26 points. To add insult to injury, the Lakers were fresh off a 108-106 loss at Minnesota the previous Saturday night.

According to multiple NBA betting sites, the Lakers are currently ranked seventh in terms of odds to win this season’s championship. Teams like the Denver Nuggets, Phoenix Suns, and even the Los Angeles Clippers are being given better odds.

LeBron James, the Lakers’ star player, scored 34 points in the recent game, with ex-Pelican Anthony Davis adding 20 points and 10 rebounds. James scored 21 of his points in the first half. But despite their efforts, the Lakers still lost for the seventh time in nine games.

“We have to figure it out and get better, for sure,” James said, sounding a little frustrated. “We’re not one team that likes to play from behind. We’ve been in that position a lot this year. The flight last night did not help, obviously.

“We didn’t get to the hotel last until 3:45 (a.m.). So, it was a rough day trying to recalibrate and get ready for the game. But I’m happy I was able to go out and just try to make some plays happen for my team.”

The Lakers’ road record this 2023-24 NBA season is also pretty dismal. They’ve only won six games on the road and are 3-10 as underdogs. After 34 games this season, the Lakers are 17-17 overall, 11-4 at home, 6-13 away, 15-7 as favorites, and 2-10 as underdogs.

The Lakers’ injury report isn’t looking too good either. Three players are listed as questionable ahead of Wednesday’s home game against the Miami Heat — guard D’Angelo Russell (tailbone), forward Rui Hachimura (calf), and guard Cam Reddish (groin). Plus, guard Gabe Vincent (knee) remains out indefinitely.

The Lakers will face off against the Heat this Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET. Miami is 7-3 in its last 10 games. According to ESPN’s Basketball Power Index, the Lakers hold a 55.1% chance to win at home over the Heat. Fingers crossed, eh?

James Shotwell
James Shotwell
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