Lakers vs. L.A. Clippers - 3/4/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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James, who had 27 points, eight rebounds and six assists in the loss, said he doesn't know how the team will respond should they be eliminated from playoff contention.

The 23-year-old will definitely miss the Denver Nuggets' visit to Staples Center on Wednesday and may also be sidelined for the showdowns with the Boston Celtics on Saturday and the Chicago Bulls next Tuesday. Now that three teams and nearly six games stand in the way of Los Angeles and the postseason, ESPN's Basketball Power Index gives L.A. less than a one percent chance to make the playoffs. The team has a tough schedule, with only six of their last 19 against teams that are below.500.

After their recent loss to the Phoenix Suns, Westgate dropped the odds on the Lakers making the postseason down to +600, which still gives them a 14.29 percent chance to make it.

Los Angeles had playoff hopes coming into the season, but the team is now in 10 place in the Western Conference standings, 4.5 games behind the Clippers, who are in the final playoff spot.

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Should the Lakers bring in one of these stars to play alongside LeBron James and their young core continues to develop, this could actually be a serious contender in the Western Conference come next season. Monday night they were without the services of Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Lance Stephenson, and Tyson Chandler. "Everyone's been talking about the postseason, we need to worry about each and every game". The more lopsided the action, the worse the team has performed.

"That would take a lot of convincing from Luke [Walton] on up", James said, according to ESPN, referring to the Lakers coach as well as general manager Rob Pelinka, president Magic Johnson and governor Jeanie Buss, most likely.

As Clippers guard Patrick Beverley raised his arms triumphantly at the buzzer and loudly celebrated by calling his team "the best in LA", James and the Lakers were left to ponder exactly how the remaining five weeks of their season will play out. "Cause someone is always watching".

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