Already with Coach Mike D'Antoni's influence, the Lakers have raised their scoring average to 100.5 points a game. D'Antoni has said his goal is in the 110-to-115 range.
The Lakers haven't beaten any top-tier team yet this season. With four games over a five-night stretch, D'Antoni's debut will not be an easy one.
The following is a breakdown of the Lakers' Week 4 schedule (through Sunday):
Tuesday vs. Brooklyn Nets
The Nets are coming in at 6-2, and with the combination of Joe Johnson and Gerald Wallace, they'll have defenders to throw at Kobe Bryant. The Lakers will still be without Steve Nash, and Steve Blake remains a question mark.
Playing on emotion for D'Antoni, the Lakers will put up a lot of points. Can they pull out a win?
This one is iffy, but mark it down as the team's third straight victory.
Wednesday at Sacramento Kings
The Kings handled the Lakers well in the preseason, but this is a very different Lakers squad.
Playing on the second night of a back-to-back (even against a 2-8 team) will be a challenge for the Lakers.
Mark it down as another win for the Lakers, but neither the Kings nor the Nets is a lock, by any stretch.
Friday at Memphis Grizzlies
The Grizzlies are currently 8-1, winning eight straight after losing their season opener. If the Lakers are ready to make a statement, they'll win all three to start the week.
Memphis has size, can score and defends well as a group. The front court of Marc Gasol, Zach Randolph and Rudy Gay is a powerhouse. Mike Conley is one of the most underrated point guards in the league.
The Lakers may not be ready just yet for this kind of challenge.