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Just when you thought the Los Angeles Lakers' season couldn't get any worse, they lose to the lowly Phoenix Suns. Yes, you read that right.
The Suns beat LeBron James and the Lakers on Saturday night, which dropped the Lakers' odds to make the postseason to +380, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
That's a staggering drop. Los Angeles was listed at +150 to make the playoffs on Feb. 28, and they were actually favored to do so at -105 as recently as Feb. 25.
Los Angeles has been plagued by team chemistry issues all season, and if the Lakers don't flip the proverbial switch soon, LeBron will miss the postseason for the first time since 2005.
To put that into perspective, Mariah Carey's "We Belong Together" was the top song in 2005, beating out other karaoke-classics like Gwen Stefani's "Hollaback Girl" and Mario's "Let Me Love You."
LeBron James passes Kobe Bryant for 5th on NBA's all-time career field goals list (11,720+) pic.twitter.com/6GVw9VQQCY— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 3, 2019
The Lakers have lost four of their last five games, including another brutal loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. Los Angeles is now 4.5 games behind the San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Clippers, who are tied for the No. 7 and No. 8 seeds in the Western Conference playoff race.
Los Angeles will also contend with the Sacramento Kings, who are currently 1.5 games ahead of the Lakers. In fact, Los Angeles has fallen so far, it's only half a game up on the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Even though these odds appear insurmountable, it's too early to count out the Lakers. The Lakers still have 19 games left to play, and LeBron has faced worse odds before. Just ask the Golden State Warriors.
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