Los Angeles
Lakers
Stadium STAPLES Center
8-6 Overall | WESTERN 7th
TEAM STATSPTS/GOPP PTS/G
Pacific Division116.9115.6
Schedule
Regular season
Sat  11/3
@
Portland
W114-110
Sun  11/4
vs
Toronto
L107-121
Wed  11/7
vs
Minnesota
W114-110
Sat  11/10
@
Sacramento
W101-86
Sun  11/11
vs
Atlanta
W107-106
Wed  11/14
vs
Portland
W126-117
Sat  11/17
@
Orlando
7:00pm
Sun  11/18
@
Miami
6:00pm
Wed  11/21
@
Cleveland
ESPN8:00pm
Fri  11/23
vs
Utah
NBAt10:30pm
Team Outlook and Scouting Report

SEASON-TO-DATE GRADE: A-

[NOTE: Early in the season, we include last season in the analysis] At 8-6 the Lakers have as many wins as were expected. If you add up their per game money line implied probabilities they would have 8 wins. They have 4 bad losses (they were favored or got blown out as slight underdogs) vs 2 good wins (upset wins, or blowout victory in what was expected to be a close game). They have won 50% of their road games and were expected to win 53%. At home they have a 62% win percentage vs an expected win rate of 60%. Over the past 3 weeks they have played better going 8-3 in a stretch where their projected win rate was 6.7 wins. In the pre-season, the Lakers were expected to be a below average team (#20) in power rank, but they have greatly exceeded expectations. The Lakers are a good team (in simulations) and won 59.7% of the simulations vs every other team playing on a neutral court with players available in the playoffs (#7 in the league). They have moved up from #22 in the league back on 6/20.

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STATISTICAL STRENGTHS & WEAKNESSES

SHOOTING (STRENGTH): This is an above average shooting team with a true FG% of 56.5% (#8 in League). They average 116.9 pts per game vs an expected average (based on pre-game odds) of 118.1. On the road they average 115.2 (117.8 expected), and at home 118.2 ppg (118.3 expected).

DEFENSE (AVERAGE): They are an average defensive team allowing opponents to shoot 55.7 true FG% (#13 in League). They allow 115.6 pts per game vs an expected value of 115.8. They are allowing 111.8 (116.6 expected) on the road, and at home 118.5 ppg (115.3 expected).

REBOUNDING (WEAKNESS): They are outrebounded by opponents by 1.2 per game (#18 in league). However, the team has recently outrebounded opponents by 1.3.

TURNOVERS (ABOVE AVERAGE): They have an Average turnover margin of 0.2 per game (#16 in league). Worst in their past 7 games with a turnover margin of -1.

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NEXT 5 GAME OUTLOOK: PARTLY SUNNY

The forecast for their next 5 games is generally good. They have 3 likely wins where they are winning >62% of the simulations which translates to being at least a -5 point favorite, 2 more games where they are favored by at least 55%, and just 1 game where they are a clear underdog. The most likely scenario over the next 5 games is a record of 3-2 (36% chance). Their chances of winning their next 5 are 5.4%. At #7 in the conference, they are behind the Grizzlies by half a game. With a +0.42 advantage in projected wins over their next 5 games they have a good chance of improving their conference seed. They are in a battle with Kings in the conference. With a +0.77 advantage in projected wins over their next 5 games they have a good chance of widening the gap. Our Fatigue Index ranks teams based on travel miles, time zones crossed, days off since their last game and based on these metrics the Lakers are the 6th most fatigued team heading into the next game. Over the next few weeks, the Lakers are playing 7 games, traveling 12641 miles crossing 17 time zones. They rank #4 on the Fatigue Index during this time period.

Win%, Opp, and Distance to Road Game (**Indicates Back-to-Back)

NOV 17
LIKELY WIN
63% @ORL
2201 miles
NOV 18**
CLOSE GAME
46% @MIA
204 miles
NOV 21
LIKELY WIN
81% @CLE
2049 miles
NOV 23
CLOSE GAME
47% UTA
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NOV 25
CLOSE GAME
55% ORL
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NOV 27
CLOSE GAME
44% @DEN
832 miles
NOV 29
CLOSE GAME
46% IND
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NOV 30**
LIKELY WIN
70% DAL
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DEC 2
LIKELY WIN
70% PHO
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DEC 5
CLOSE GAME
52% SA
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LONG TERM OUTLOOK: TRENDING UP

The Lakers are championship contenders and their chances are clearly on the rise. In our pre-season forecast they had less than a 1% chance of winning it all. On 6/15 they under a 1% chance before increasing to 39.7% on 7/1. From the start of the season to now their chances are up significantly to 2.5%. They will be fighting for a playoff spot (currently projected to finish #7 in the conference) and have a 84% chance of making the playoffs. They have a shot (36%) at getting home court advantage in the first round. Their chances of getting out of the first round is 46% and their chances of reaching the conference finals is 19.4%. Based on the odds, they have a 6.2% chance of winning the West (15/1) and a 3.2% chance of winning it all (30/1). In simulations they make the Finals 6.4% of the time.

Season Strength of Schedule is Relatively Hard

  • Remaining Opponents' Win Percentage Rest of Season: 51% #10 Toughest
  • Season-to-Date Opponents' Win Percentage: 52% #11 Toughest

Lakers' Championship Forecast Changes

FANTASY PROFILE

Based on rest of season projections, these are the 6 most valuable fantasy players based on their projected position rank (Guards, Forwards, Centers). Overvalued players are rated higher by the market based on ownership% and vice versa.

Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateEXPCOLLEGE
2 Ball, Lonzo PG6-619010/27/19971UCLA
11 Beasley, Michael PF6-923501/09/198910Kansas State
17 Bonga, Isaac PG6-818011/08/19990No College
1 Caldwell-Pope, Kentavious G6-520502/18/19935Georgia
4 Caruso, Alex SG6-518602/28/19941Texas A&M
5 Chandler, Tyson C7-124010/02/198217No College
3 Hart, Josh SG6-521503/06/19951Villanova
14 Ingram, Brandon SF6-919009/02/19972Duke
23 James, LeBron SF6-825012/30/198415No College
0 Kuzma, Kyle PF6-922007/24/19951Utah
7 McGee, JaVale C7-027001/19/198810Nevada
10 Mykhailiuk, Svi SG6-820506/10/19970Kansas
9 Rondo, Rajon PG6-118602/22/198612Kentucky
6 Stephenson, Lance SG6-623009/05/19908Cincinnati
15 Wagner, Moe C6-1124504/26/19970Michigan
19 Williams, Johnathan PF6-922805/22/19950Missouri; Gonzaga
40 Zubac, Ivica C7-124003/18/19972No College