Los Angeles Lakers: 5 Teams That Can Defeat the Defending Champions

The Los Angeles Lakers have won back-to-back championships and have raced out to a 9-2 start. However, several teams stand a chance of stopping the Lakers from winning three consecutive championships.

In order to defeat the Lakers, a team needs a couple of things: Size in the front court to match the Lakers length, enough scoring depth to run with the Lakers and the defense to stop Kobe Bryant and the high-scoring Lakers. Also, a dominant point guard can't hurt, as you'll see when you read on.

Here are five teams, ranked according to how well they match these criteria, that can defeat the Lakers in either the Western Conference Playoffs or the NBA Finals.

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