With the way the L.A. Lakers have been playing this season, it is needless to say that every game matters. And with only eight games left in the 2012-13 campaign, L.A. has a lot of slack to pick up if it wants a chance to make it to the postseason.
Unfortunately, the next few games are anything but cakewalks. L.A. will once again square off with rivals including the Los Angeles Clippers, the Dallas Mavericks and the San Antonio Spurs, all of whom have been a thorn in the Lakers' collective side since day one.
However, knowing who they'll have to go through to end the season gives the Lakers the perfect opportunity to assess what they'll have to do to ensure that playoff berth. Now is the time for L.A. to sit down, watch some videotape and really break down its next few opponents.