For the most serious Los Angeles Lakers fans, every game is a highly anticipated one—especially with a new-look roster that has everyone wondering if even the sky really qualifies as a limit at all.
But even with the general excitement surrounding this season's iteration of the never-ending Lakers dynasty, not all games are equal. Some will bring out the very best in this team and put it to the kinds of tests it will need before embarking upon its title push in earnest.
Some will just make for an entertaining couple of hours, thanks to the personalities involved, the backstories that keep this league so intriguing, and of course, a few rivalry games for good measure.
With Los Angeles looking more and more like the team to beat this season, just about every game might feel like a rivalry game.
If you haven't already, though, here are five games to make sure you have circled on your Lakers calendar. And if you don't have a Lakers calendar, this is probably the year to make one.