Los Angeles Lakers: Five Reasons Their NBA Title Hopes Are in Serious Jeopardy

Can we officially hit the panic button now?  

The Lakers enter the NBA's All-Star break on a three-game skid.  Now, they find themselves in third place in the Western Conference standings, trailing the Dallas Mavericks by three games in the loss column for the No. 2 seed.

A once promising "Grammy's Road Trip" started out 4-0 (including a win over the Celtics), only to finish 4-3, ending with a humiliating loss to the lowly Cleveland Cavaliers, one of the worst teams in NBA history.

With just 25 games remaining in the season, the Lakers will have to turn things around in a hurry in order to have home court advantage through the first two rounds of the playoffs.  It appears almost certain they will not have home court in the Western Conference Finals or the NBA Finals—should they make it that far.

This should give fans a genuine reason to panic, as we need not look further back than last June to realize how far playing games six and seven in LA went towards determining the outcome of the 2010 NBA Finals.

With that in mind, let's take a look at the five reasons the Lakers' chances of a achieving a three-peat appear to be in serious jeopardy.

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