NBA mailbag: How much would a standings slide hurt the Lakers' title chances?

Why Stephen A. tabs the Jazz as the biggest threat to the Lakers (1:35)

Stephen A. Smith explains that the Jazz's ability to shoot the ball and their defensive presence make them a threat to the Lakers in the Western Conference. (1:35)

Time for another edition of the NBA mailbag.

Throughout the NBA season, I will be answering your questions about the latest, most interesting topics in basketball. You can tweet me directly at @kpelton, tweet your questions using the hashtag #peltonmailbag or email them to peltonmailbag@gmail.com.

This week we take a look at:

  • The impact dropping in the standings has on the Los Angeles Lakers' playoff chances in a year where home-court advantage doesn't mean as much as it traditionally does

  • An update on back-to-back sets between teams

  • 50-40-90 team games

  • A tweak to the box score