Putting L.A. Lakers' Remaining Schedule Under the Microscope

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Putting L.A. Lakers' Remaining Schedule Under the Microscope
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The Los Angeles Lakers have just six games left in the regular season, and all they have to do to make the playoffs is beat everybody they have left to play.

At 40-36, Los Angeles is a half-game ahead of the Utah Jazz, who sit 40-37 with five games to play. The best Los Angeles can do is 46-36, while Utah's best will only result in a 45-37 finish.

The Dallas Mavericks are three games off the pace at 37-39. Any combination of three losses or three Lakers' wins would mean the end of the season for the Mavs, so they're in a dire situation.

Los Angeles has games left against some stiff competition, and while they do control their destiny, Utah has a great chance of taking the final spot as well, as they own the tiebreaker over L.A.

With the pressure on, let's take a look at what the Lakers can expect the rest of the way, and what they'll have to do to win each game.

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