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A quarter of the NBA regular season has passed and the picture of league is starting to shape up. One of the more disappointing teams so far is the Los Angeles Lakers.

With 12 wins and 11 losses, the purple and gold find themselves in the 8th place in the Western Conference. According to the former NBA star Charles Oakley, that is to be expected with Russell Westbrook on the team.

“LA will be up and down all year because Westbrook is Westbrook, his mindset in basketball is different than LeBron’s or the other guys,” Oakley said in an interview with Betway Insider. “He plays into himself sometimes.

“But as soon as LA finds a system, a top seven or eight guys – Carmelo’s starting now, he was coming off the bench earlier in the season – but it’s gonna be a rollercoaster this year I think.”

When it comes to a general picture in the Western Conference, Oakley thinks that the Golden State Warriors are the favorites right now. Currently, they share the best record in the entire league (18-3) with the Phoenix Suns.

“In the West think everybody had the Clippers and the Lakers or maybe Phoenix and the Lakers, but now you’re seeing Golden State,” he said.

“You’ve got to answer to them now. The way Golden State’s playing, you’ve got to make them the favourite right now because they’re playing mid-season basketball. They’ve got it clicking on all cylinders. Curry is cooking.”