As the Lakers try to climb into the top eight in the Western Conference, the Golden State Warriors are becoming a target after their sixth straight loss Tuesday night.
The Lakers (25-29) have caught the Portland Trail Blazers with the same record, although Portland temporarily has the tie-breaker. The Lakers and Blazers still play twice before season's end. Portland has also lost six in a row.
The Houston Rockets (29-26) are in eighth place, 3 1/2 games ahead of the Lakers. The two teams meet on the final day of the season, which could tip the tie-breaker to the Lakers.
The Utah Jazz (31-24) are in seventh but they've already finished their season series against the Lakers, winning two of three. The Jazz have won three straight, pulling ahead of the Lakers by 5 1/2 games.