The Top 5 Matchups Kobe Bryant and Lakers Must Dominate to Three-Peat

While Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers are gearing up for their third consecutive run at the NBA championship trophy, select other elite teams are planning their own ways to the throne.

If the Lakers are going to solidify yet another three-peat, and earn Bryant his sixth championship ring, they will have to dominate a few key marquee matchups across the league. Each of the following contending teams has their weapon(s) that will help them navigate deep into the playoffs, and the Lakers are no exception.

The question is whether the Lakers can once again outlast every other team's deadliest strike. Here are the matchups the Lakers must dominate if they are going to win another championship.

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