Los Angeles Lakers: 10 Important Games to Gauge Title-Defense Readiness

The Los Angeles Lakers are sitting comfortably in of one the top three spots in the Western Conference with only 20 games left to go until the playoffs. They would like to grab a higher seed, and with Tony Parker out, the Lakers could make a push and trim the San Antonio Spurs’ lead in the NBA.

With only 20 games to make this push, they not only have to keep the Spurs from winning and outpace the Dallas Mavericks, but they also need to focus on getting ready for the playoffs in order to defend their NBA title. This means finding a balance between winning enough games to snag a top two playoff spot and finding time to rest their veteran talent.


Of the remaining regular season games on the Lakers’ schedule, which are the most important to determine whether the Lakers will be able to defend their championship?

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