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The Los Angeles Lakers have just 25 games left and at least three games to make up if they want to sneak into the NBA playoffs. However, the oddsmakers don't look too optimistic about their chances.

Despite owning the best post-All-St ar Break odds to make the postseason of any Western Conference team within striking distance, the Lakers at -160, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, are also now favored to miss the playoffs.

It will be an uphill battle for the Lakers to earn a playoff spot as they own one of the tougher remaining schedules in the league. However, when you have perennial MVP-candidate LeBron James leading the way, there's always a good shot you qualify for the postseason.

The King was lights-out in the second half of last season, averaging 29.4 points per game while almost single-handedly carrying the Cleveland Cavaliers to the playoffs.

James is arguably the best player on the planet and the Lakers have a chance to win every night because of him. As a team, the Lakers need to find a way to lock things down for the rest of the regular season in order to have a chance to represent the Western Conference in the NBA Finals.

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