I made this summary as a comment here, but I made a few mistakes in that comment that I corrected in subsequent replies, and it became messy, so here is a better version. I apologize for strange fonts ahead of time; I had some really annoying problems with this editor.
<.500:>>=.500: 7 (but two teams, Denver and Washington, are close to .500)
Road: 9 (including 7 game trip)
B2B: 2 Road-Road, 1 Home-Road
Of the games against >=.500 competition:
3 are at home, 3 on the road
3 are on the second of a B2B (all on the road) 4 are against elite (or close enough) teams: Portland, Miami, Indiana, and Golden State. We face GSW and IND on a B2B, but POR faces us on a B2B.
1 against Dallas at home
1 against Toronto on the road on a B2B, but Toronto is also on a B2B
Opponent scheduling quirks:
Boston comes to Staples Center on a B2B
New York will be ending a B2B against us to kick off our road trip
Washington comes to Staples Center on a B2B
Portland's B2B is brutal: vs. OKC, @ LAC. Both teams will be missing their star PGs, though.
Roster and Injuries:
JJ Redick should return either for the 15th against Dallas (missing 3 games) or the 17th against New York (missing 4 games)
Reggie Bullock suffered a setback on Dec. 30th, so his return date is uncertain
Bynum, among others, will clear the waiver wire on the 10th, so look for roster moves between our game against Boston (10th) and Dallas (15th)
So the bad news is that the games against the really tough teams are also really tough schedule wise, so our chances of winning those games are extremely low. The good news is, though, that we weren’t likely to win those games anyway so at least the schedule losses and elite-opponent losses are merged.