Dire Patterns LA Lakers Must Correct Before NBA Playoffs Begin

With eight games remaining and the Western Conference standings tighter than ever, the Los Angeles Lakers' margin for error is approaching zero. 

As of Sunday, the Lakers find themselves tied for the eighth and final playoff spot with the Utah Jazz.

The Lakers will need to fight off several bad habits, many of which have plagued them throughout the season, over their final eight games in order to sneak into the playoffs.

Doing so will be difficult, as five (Memphis Grizzlies, Los Angeles Clippers, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs) of the team's eight remaining opponents are currently playoff teams.

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