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Are Lakers still an NBA champion candidate?

The surprising 123-110 win over the Phoenix Suns at home on Sunday does not change the Lakers' No. 7 ranking in the Western Conference. The purple and gold are very likely to start from the play-in tournament in the postseason this time and meet the Golden State Warriors first. Can the Lakers enter the playoffs? How far will they go in the playoffs if they do? What are their chances of defending their NBA Championship title this season?

LeBron James (#23) and Anthony Davis of the Los Angeles Lakers bump firsts in the game against the Sacramento Kings at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, U.S., April 30, 2021. /CFP

Frank Vogel, head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, gives instructions to his players in the game against the Boston Celtics at Staples Center, April 15, 2021. /CFP