Woeful Los Angeles Lakers hit the road

November 18, 2014 13:43:01 UK

The Los Angeles Lakers make a three-game road swing through Atlanta, Houston and Dallas starting Tuesday when LA plays the Hawks at the Philips Arena.

A poor roster and season ending injuries to Steve Nash and Julius Randle have the Lakers the worst team this side of the Philadelphia 76ers.

That’s potentially helpful when their 2015 draft pick is top five protected, but otherwise it is going to be a very long season for the faithful at the Staples Center.

Sunday it was one-way traffic as the visiting Golden State Warriors crushed their hosts 136-115.

Kobe Bryant scored 44 for LA, but Golden State had little difficulty in sending the Lakers to their ninth loss in 10 outings.

At the other end of the standings, the Memphis Grizzlies have the best record in the league following their 119-93 victory over the Houston Rockets at the FedEx Forum.

Paradoxically against the best defense in the NBA, the Grizzlies scored their most points of the campaign led by 19 from Mike Conley who was one of seven Memphis players in double figures.

The best in the West meets the best in the East on Wednesday when they Grizzlies travel to the Air Canada Centre in Toronto to take on the Raptors.

Houston meanwhile returns home to await the arrival of the Lakers at the Toyota Center as they tip off a five-game home stand.

The Dallas Mavericks, New York Knicks, Sacramento Kings and the Los Angeles Clippers all follow LA into town, as the Rockets will look to keep the pressure on Memphis in the Southwest Division.

The Mavericks are 19.00 to win the NBA crown, while the Clippers are 10.00 to be crowned champions.

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