Frank Vogel is not very concerned about the Lakers’ place in the standings, ahead of the final regular season game.
Vogel said the Lakers should be ‘unafraid of any matchup’ as they are still fighting to avoid the play-in tournament and directly qualify for the playoffs.
“My opinion is, win as many games as you can and let the seeds fall where they may and be unafraid of any matchup. I believe in the basketball gods,” Vogel said, via ESPN’s Dave McMenamin.
The Lakers are tied with the Blazers for sixth in the standings, with a 41-30 record. If the Lakers defeat the Pelicans and the Blazers lose to the Nuggets, then the defending champions will finish sixth and Portland will be seventh.
Otherwise, the Lakers will be in the play-in tournament and the Blazers will directly qualify for the playoffs.