Heading into their Sunday night battle against the Orlando Magic, the Lakers (8-8) are seventh in the Western Conference. A victory would push them up to sixth, overtaking the 9-9 Utah Jazz.
A loss would drop the Lakers down to ninth place in a tie with the Denver Nuggets and Dallas Mavericks.
Within the Pacific Division, the Lakers will finish the night in third place regardless of outcome. The Golden State Warriors and Clippers both have 10-6 records. The Lakers would climb within a game and a half with a victory Sunday. The fourth-place Phoenix Suns are 7-11.
Beating the Magic would lift the Lakers into a tie with the Boston Celtics with the 13th-best records in the league. A loss would drop the Lakers down to a tie for 16th (the Indiana Pacers, Nuggets and Mavericks all are 8-9).
Naturally it's early in the season. The Lakers expect to get Steve Nash (and Steve Blake) back at some point, which should improve the team significantly.