Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports
Record: 30-31 (.492)
Division Standings: No. 3 in Pacific Division
Conference Standings: No. 9 in Western Conference
Games Back of a Playoff Spot: 2.5
The Los Angeles Lakers are undoubtedly trending upward, but even after going 6-4 over their last 10 games, they find themselves a few games back of the No. 8 spot in the Western Conference.
Take a second and think about how you'd react if you read that sentence as a prediction before the start of the 2012-13 campaign. You might have demanded my resignation.
No matter what style of basketball Kobe Bryant has played during the season, he's been outstanding. It's just up to his teammates to provide the necessary support, and that's something that hasn't happened quite as consistently as the L.A. faithful would hope.
The Lakers are going to continue to improve as the season progresses, but they might have left themselves too little time. There are only 21 games left for them during the regular season, and then that might be it.
Right now, there's a slightly better chance that they watch from home rather than participate in the postseason.
Playoff Odds: 45 percent