Falling 96-92 to the Atlanta Hawks, the Lakers (34-32) lost ground to the Houston Rockets (35-30) and the Golden State Warriors (36-29), who were both victorious Wednesday night.
The Utah Jazz (33-32) lost to the Oklahoma City Thunder, keeping the Lakers ahead by just half a game. Both teams are even at 32 in the loss column, but the Jazz own the tiebreaker.
The Rockets are just a game and a half ahead of the Lakers. The NBA announced that their meeting at Staples Center on the final day of the season (April 17) will air nationally on ESPN.
A Lakers' victory would even the season series against Houston at 2-2, making conference record the ensuing tiebreaker (where the Lakers currently have a 1 1/2 game advantage).