Does the Lack of Competition Hurt the Lakers?

December 4th, 2009 by Paul Peszko Leave a reply »
It’s no secret that 17 of the Lakers' first 21 games are at the Staples Center.  It’s also no secret that the Lakers are on a seven-game winning streak and blowing out their opponents by double digits.

But what might not be apparent is the fact that only one of the last seven opponents, Oklahoma City, has a winning record.  

In fact only four of the Lakers' 14 wins have come against teams with winning records: Atlanta, Houston, Oklahoma City, and Phoenix.  

So far, the Lakers have only played two division leaders—Dallas and Denver—and lost both games.

At this point the Lakers can look forward to two things when their home stand ends next Friday, and neither one is very good: seven out of nine games on the road and five out of the next nine against teams with winning records.

Then at the end of January, the Lakers go on a grueling eight-game road trip.

So, has starting off the season with such a huge block of home games, the overwhelming majority against teams with losing records, hurt or helped the Lakers?

Let’s take a look at the positives.

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