A four-game trip that begins Sunday could be their most challenging stretch of the season, taking them to San Antonio, Atlanta, Miami and Dallas. The Spurs, Heat and Mavericks are considered title contenders, and the Hawks aren't bad either.The Lakers are about to embark on perhaps the most important week of their regular season.
They will play four playoff-bound teams over the next seven days on the road, teams that are talented and competitive.
Three of the teams are among the NBA elite, teams that many believe have a legitimate chance at winning the championship. Two of the teams are ahead of them in the Western Conference and in the race for best record in the NBA, and another is just a half-game behind them for the fifth-best record in the league. More