The Lakers are striving hard to secure homecourt advantage.
"There won't be any let-up this year," said Lakers forward Lamar Odom. "We're striving to get the final word. Our goal is to make it back to the Finals. We want home court for that particular reason."
Along with a need to improve defensively and get tougher, Los Angeles knew to win this season it would have to secure home court in the Finals.
"That goal is one of our main objectives," Odom said. "We know how important it was after the run last year."