L.A. Lakers: Do They Want the Hornets or Blazers in the First Round?

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L.A. Lakers: Do They Want the Hornets or Blazers in the First Round?
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As the playoffs draw closer, it appears as though the Lakers' two likeliest opponents in the first round of the playoffs will be either the New Orleans Hornets or the Portland Trail Blazers.

While the Lakers would more than likely beat either team in a seven game series, the Trail Blazers would be a more formidable opponent.

Here are six reasons why the Lakers would prefer to play the Hornets instead of the Blazers in the first round of the playoffs.

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