In the Rankings: Week 20

Every Monday, the Lakers Basketblog checks the net to bring you the latest NBA power rankings.
This Week: 5 | Last Week: 3 | Diff: -2

No one will miss Pau Gasol (estimated to be out for another two weeks) more than Lamar Odom. Since Gasol arrived in L.A., Odom is shooting an unbelievable .633 from the field.
This Week: 5 | Last Week: 3 | Diff: -2

It won’t be easy — and the Lakers honestly have bigger concerns if Pau isn’t back in a few games — but Kobe can’t do his MVP campaign any harm if he can keep LA in the top five with Bynum and Gasol out injured.
This Week: 9 | Last Week: 6 | Diff: -3

The loss of Pau Gasol (sprained ankle) for at least a week knocks them down a few spots in these rankings. With stops this week at Dallas (Tuesday) and Utah (Thursday), on the heels of losses at New Orleans and Houston, they could easily go winless on their four-game trip.

Average Ranking: This Week: 6.33 | Last Week: 4 | Diff: -2.33