Ranking Potential First-Round Opponents for LA Lakers

Quite a lot has changed for the LA Lakers since the beginning of the 2012-13 season. What began to look like a team with dismal playoff hopes (and that's putting it nicely) is now finally getting the pieces together to make a run at the postseason.

Its 35-32 record is just good enough to hold the eighth seed in the West, barely keeping its playoff chances alive. But despite what the record states, the Lakers' brand of basketball as of late has really functioned for the team. 

At first, the question was asked if LA was even good enough to make it to the playoffs, but now, the discussion must be held, if and when the Lakers make it to the postseason, who would be the ideal team to face in the first round? This list will rank five of the Lakers' potential playoff opponents from best to worst, only using teams that would make the Western Conference playoffs based on the current standings.

Let the speculation begin.

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