Lakers are nearing Cleveland for homecourt, but they shouldn’t let that be their mindset to approach games.
L.A. Times: With the Lakers comfortably ahead in the Western Conference, only one race matters the rest of the regular season.
The Lakers (43-14) are half a game behind the Cleveland Cavaliers (44-14) for the best record in the league and home-court advantage throughout the playoffs.
Cleveland holds the tiebreaker because of a two-game sweep of the Lakers, but the Lakers are sensing a battle down to the final week of the regular season.
“I don’t see us blistering through the rest of the season and losing one or two games,” Jackson said. “I don’t see them doing the same thing and losing one or two games.
“We have a harder schedule, I think, than they do right now simply because of conference play.”
It’s a debatable point.
Among the Lakers’ notable games remaining are two against Denver, two against San Antonio and one each against Dallas, Orlando, Atlanta and Utah.
Among the Cavaliers’ notable games are three against Boston, two against San Antonio, two against Atlanta and one against Orlando.
It’s not quite March, but it’s not too early to plan ahead.
“It’s not a worry, [but] it’s got to be more of a goal and a focus,” Gasol said. “Every game makes a difference.”
The Lakers are 5 1/2 games ahead of Denver in the West.