L.A. Lakers: Five Teams in the West That Could Leapfrog the Lake Show

The two-time defending champion Lakers are 34-16 on the season and are tied for second in the Western Conference.

They are 5-5 in their last 10 games and since Christmas are 0-5 against Miami, San Antonio, Dallas and Boston--the top teams in both conferences.

The Lakers have all the talent necessary to win again, but need to find a way to stay healthy and keep that fire lit beneath them in the coming months if they want to have a real shot at another NBA title.

The Western Conference is not as dominant as it once was, but there are still a few teams that could give the Lakers a legitimate run for their money.

Here's a look at five teams that could jump over the Lakers and take the Western Conference this season.

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