5-on-5: Should the Lakers make a big trade now?


How solid are the Los Angeles Lakers' playoff chances with LeBron James out? Should the team make a significant move?
Our NBA experts answer the big questions with the Lakers on the playoff bubble and James out.
538: 45 percent
BPI: 38 percent

Kevin Arnovitz, ESPN: 45 percent, and I'd peg my unscientific estimate a tick higher. The Lakers have proved themselves to be a solid playoff-caliber team when James is active. Despite the competitiveness of the West, there's good reason to believe that when he recovers, they'll return to form.