Sometimes it seems as though every game of the Los Angeles Lakers' schedule is a highly anticipated battle, regardless of the opponent. The Lake Show just tends to draw a lot of national attention.
In fact, L.A. has 10 games set to appear on ESPN, which is a rather remarkable number for a team without realistic championship aspirations. That's one more than the Los Angeles Clippers, for example.
However, while all 82 contests are sure to draw coverage, 10 still stand out above the rest, and they aren't necessarily just the ones being broadcast on ESPN.
Rivalries and important games abound here, and they're the dates that you should just go ahead and circle on your calendar right now.