After losing to the Clippers, 109-95, the Lakers (40-37) have fallen back to ninth place behind the Utah Jazz (40-37) by virtue of Utah's tiebreaker.
The Jazz play at Golden State on Sunday night against the Warriors (44-32). For the Lakers to make the playoffs, they need Utah to lose at least one more game -- making Lakers fans suddenly hardcore Warriors' fans for the night.
Will the Lakers' players watch the game with so much at stake?
"I usually watch the games anyway. If I have a personal interest in it, I definitely watch it," said Pau Gasol, who noted he'd watch his brother Marc Gasol's game (Memphis Grizzlies) earlier in the afternoon.
"I like watching games to see how teams do, especially [the Jazz] -- I'm hoping they lose tonight against Golden State," Gasol said.