The NBA All-Star break is over, so for much of the league, the race for the playoffs begins in earnest. For the teams out of playoff contention, it's tanking season, time to position themselves for a better chance at winning the lottery and the opportunity to draft a potential superstar like Deandre Ayton or Luka Doncic. As the Sixers push for home-court advantage in the first-round of the playoffs, within striking distance of the Eastern Conference's No. 4 seed, they'll be keeping a close eye on the Lakers. Since the New Year, we've twice checked in on the Lakers, first as they were struggling, second as they started heating up. Why is this relevant to the Sixers? Well, they own the Lakers 2018 first-rounder as the result of past trade, but only will keep it if it falls outside of the No. 2-5 range in the lottery. If it lands in that pick area, it will convey to the Celtics as part of last summer's Markelle Fultz trade.