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The Hype: Can the Lakers defeat the Spurs?

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The Lakers couldn’t have asked for a better first round matchup in the playoffs. Two out of the Spurs' “big three” are banged up, and the Lakers play a physical brand of basketball, which has been a problem for the Spurs in recent years. Chris Mannix thinks this series is going to be a good battle, but he can’t foresee the Spurs bowing out in the first round again.

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