2 nightmare NBA Playoff scenarios the Lakers must avoid

The Lakers are going to make the NBA Playoffs this year, either as a top-six seed or as one of the four middle-of-the-pack groups duking it out in the play-in tournament.
The Lakers are only one video game back of the Portland Trail Blazers (38-29) for the No. 6 seed and only 2 games back of the Dallas Mavericks (39-28) for the No. 5 seed, so they can be top 6.
The Lakers will not be a top-four seed in this years NBA Playoffs. Of those 2 possible first-round opponents, the factor the Lakers would prefer to play the Clippers over the Nuggets is two-fold: One, the Lakers would not have to travel to play their little brother franchise in the exact same arena.

Defending their NBA champion will be much easier said than provided for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Injuries have truly slowed down LeBron James and business this year. The last 4 teams left in the Orlando bubble in 2015 have had to handle the effects of an incredibly brief offseason. The Lakers are going to make the NBA Playoffs this year, either as a top-six seed or as one of the 4 middle-of-the-pack groups duking it out in the play-in tournament.
What two circumstances do the Lakers need to do their best to avoid as they get ready for the playoffs?
Los Angeles Lakers: 2 headache situations to prevent in title defense run.
Lakers have to avoid the Denver Nuggets in first round.
Through their very first 67 games of the season, the Lakers are 37-30 on the year. This is great enough for the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference, which would put them in the play-in tournament. The Lakers are only one game back of the Portland Trail Blazers (38-29) for the No. 6 seed and just two video games back of the Dallas Mavericks (39-28) for the No. 5 seed, so they can be top 6.
The Lakers will not be a top-four seed in this years NBA Playoffs. They are going to be at a home-court disadvantage in practically every round they play in. Presuming the Lakers can hit their stride in the final weeks of the routine season, they can split the leading 6 and prevent the play-in tournament completely. Ought to they do so, they have to avoid the Denver Nuggets.
Denver discovers itself as the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference at 44-23 through 67 video games. Their opportunities of getting a top-two seed this summertime are extremely slim because they are 5 video games back of the top-seeded Utah Jazz. They could be as high as the No. 3 seed, depending upon how the rest of the season shakes out for the LA Clippers, the other group lobbying for placing here.
Of those 2 potential first-round opponents, the factor the Lakers would prefer to play the Clippers over the Nuggets is two-fold: One, the Lakers would not need to travel to play their little sibling franchise in the same arena. And two, Denver plays at altitude, which could be a problem for the injury-plagued Lakers. Los Angeles faced Denver in the 2020 Western Conference Finals.

Anthony Davis, Los Angeles Lakers, Denver Nuggets. (Image by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images).

The Los Angeles Lakers will to have to run the onslaught in the postseason one way or another.