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The Lakers could be the number one seed by the end of the season

by Josiah Williams
by Josiah Williams

The Los Angeles Lakers are started to click on all cylinders and building team chemistry as the season progresses. Other teams in Western Conference have been sliding as of late and the balance competitive balance is much closer than expected. The Lakers have a great chance to be the number one seed in the west.

Last night, the Lakers beat the Utah Jazz 90-83. Brandon Ingram led the way with 24 points and 6 rebounds. LeBron James nearly had a triple-double with 22 points, 7 assists, and 10 rebounds.

The Lakers can be the best team in the west is because of the current shift in the competitive balance. Last year’s best teams are not doing as well as people thought. The Golden State Warriors, as great as they are, has won only four of their last six games. Not to mention dealing with some turmoil in the locker room.

Kevin Durant and Draymond Green haven’t been seeing eye to eye lately. Green’s biggest mistake was to tell KD that the team didn’t need him. Now the chemistry is messed up and the roster is banged up as well.

The absence Green and Stephen Curry on the floor shows weakness in the Warriors. They don’t have a great contribution from the bench as they once did in recent years. If the stars don’t play well, scoring becomes a struggle. Before beating the Portland Trail Blazers, they scored under 90 points against the Dallas Mavericks a loss.

The Houston Rockets, who nearly beat the Warriors in the western conference finals, is not the same team. Since the departure of Trevor Ariza, and Luc Mbah a Moute, their defense has suffered. They signed Carmelo Anthony but that turned out to be a failed experiment. Stephen A. Smith talks more about how Anthony was a bad fit.

The Portland Trail Blazers, who feature Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, is not much better than the Lakers. Number one, they beat them two of the last three games. Number two, outside their backcourt, they don’t have much else. The Lakers are very capable of beating them in a playoff series.

The biggest factor some people overlook is how close of margin the records are to each other. Currently, the Lakers only one game back of the number one seed in the west. As the team continues to get better and other teams will underachieve, don’t be surprised if the Lakers are sitting at the top of the mountain.

This article was originally published on @uwj014