Prior to Friday night's games, the Lakers were the sixth-highest scoring team in the league at 102.4 points a game. They're also more efficient than most, with a field goal percentage of 46.1% from the field (eighth overall).
The Lakers outscore their opponents by 1.2 points a game, the only team in either conference with a positive point differential that isn't seeded in the top eight.
The numbers aren't bad, so why is the team still below .500 at 29-30?
The Lakers have the worst free throw percentage in the NBA at 68.9%. Given the area of weakness, opponents send the Lakers to the line more than any other team (27.4 attempts a game).
Turnovers remain problematic for the Lakers. They have the fifth-highest number of turnovers per game (15.3). Turnovers alone are not crippling; the Houston Rockets, Oklahoma City Thunder and Golden State Warriors all have better records than the Lakers despite a higher turnover average. But the Lakers give up more fast break points than any team in the league (16.3).