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NBA fans vote Lakers as second best team heading into playoffs

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The Lakers may have struggled in the seeding rounds, but NBA fans still know how dangerous this team is.

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Welcome to SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across the NBA. Each week, we send out questions to the most plugged in Lakers fans, and fans across the country. Sign up here to join Reacts.

There has been nothing normal about the 2020 NBA playoff picture. The hottest team in the league may be the last one to earn a playoff spot and it would be easy to believe a dark-horse team could make a run to the NBA Finals.

With that in mind, the most recent SB Nation Reacts survey took a different view of this year’s playoff bracket. Fans were asked to seed the playoffs, 1-16, without the restrictions of conferences. The results have seven teams from the east and 9 from the west.

The Milwaukee Bucks earned the top spot in the league, followed by the Lakers and Clippers:

These seeds would provide an entertaining first round that would feature three east vs. west matchups, and a first round series between Damian Lillard and Paul George/Patrick Beverley. The Lakers, however, would end up playing an opponent they still theoretically could end up playing anyway, depending on how the play-in tournament shakes out.

  1. Milwaukee Bucks vs. 16. Brooklyn Nets
  2. Los Angeles Lakers vs. 15. Phoenix Suns
  3. Los Angeles Clippers vs. 14. Portland Trail Blazers
  4. Toronto Raptors vs. 13. Philadelphia 76ers
  5. Boston Celtics vs. 12. Utah Jazz
  6. Houston Rockets vs. 11. Dallas Mavericks
  7. Denver Nuggets vs. 10. Indiana Pacers
  8. Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Miami Heat

But in a larger-picture sense, if ever there were a year to do away with conference alignment, it would seem to be the 2020 NBA bubble. I mean, come on: Does anyone really need to see the Orlando Magic in the playoffs?

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