Los Angeles Lakers vs. Miami Heat: Power Ranking the NBA's Most Popular Teams

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Los Angeles Lakers vs. Miami Heat: Power Ranking the NBA's Most Popular Teams
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How do Kobe Bryant and the Lakers match up with the Heat at this point in the season?

The NBA season is a quarter of the way through, providing a pretty good sample size with which to compare the league's two most popular teams.

The Miami Heat came into the season as the NBA Champions...on paper, at least, after combining the forces of Superfriends Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh in free agency.

The Los Angeles Lakers, on the other hand, entered the 2010-2011 campaign as the actual, two-time defending champs, with the likes of Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Lamar Odom and Phil Jackson looking to finish off a three-peat.

Each team has had its fair share of ups and downs so far this season, but how would they stack up against one another right now?

With their Christmas Day match-up just two weeks away, here's the first of a weekly series that will compare the two teams head-to-head throughout the season.

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