Los Angeles Lakers’ Road Record Proves Importance of NBA’s Pacific Division Race

March 13th, 2012 by Elizabeth Benson Leave a reply »
The Los Angeles Lakers' performance is a tale of two teams this season. There are the home Lakers, who thrive and appear to be NBA elites at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles. Then there are the road Lakers, who struggle with their offense especially and frequently look much too lost.

This concept is displayed in black and white. Their current home record is 18-2, which is tied for the best in the league with the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Miami Heat. The Lakers road record is 8-14 after a grueling double overtime win against the Memphis Grizzles.

This is very different from what Lakers fans have been accustomed to throughout the past decade. Former head coach Phil Jackson notably determined the state of a team by examining their ability to win on the road.

Home court advantage has always been a desired factor with any professional sports team. But with the weaknesses of the current Lakers roster being in the spotlight in road games, winning the Pacific Division will be crucial for Los Angeles.

Achieving home court advantage in the playoffs is especially critical since the Lakers do not have the necessary practice time in between ...

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