The Lakers still look like they have a chance to make the playoffs, as long as they get enough days off.
When the Lakers actually play, that's another thing entirely. While continuing to lose at a high rate, the Lakers have gained recently when they haven't played.
The Portland Trail Blazers have lost six straight. Before their Monday win over the Charlotte Bobcats, the Houston Rockets had lost seven. The Minnesota Timberwolves have lost six of their last seven.
The top seven teams in the Western Conference may be firming up with the Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz battling for the sixth and seventh seeds.