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Hollinger PER Diem: Nov. 24, 2008

It's tough to see the Lakers not repeating as West champs this season, John Hollinger writes.

Updated: December 9, 2008, 1:22 PM ET
By John Hollinger | ESPN.com

So, can anyone touch L.A.?

The Lakers juggernaut kept rolling with a win over Sacramento last night to improve to 11-1. L.A. now rates as having an 89.4 percent chance of earning the West's top seed for the playoffs, and a 57.2 percent chance of representing the West come June, according to today's Playoff Odds.

Phoenix looked to be among the most qualified challengers, sporting a huge frontline that was built partly with the idea of matching up against Pau Gasol and ...

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