With the Lakers off until Friday, they're guaranteed to gain a half game on either the seventh-place Houston Rockets or ninth-place Jazz. The two meet in Houston on Wednesday.
The Lakers are now three games behind the sixth-place Golden State Warriors and one behind the Rockets.
The Rockets and Jazz also play the 51-16 San Antonio Spurs before the end of the week. The Lakers get the weekend off.
In a recurring trend this season, the Lakers seem to make up the most ground on their rivals when they don't play. Given how many off nights the Lakers have, this may be their best week of the season.ALSO: