Season series: Lakers, 3-1.
Comment: This probably wasn't the matchup the Lakers were hoping for. Even at the No. 8 seed, the Thunder are one of the more threatening teams in the West, led by NBA scoring champion Kevin Durant (right). The defending-champion Lakers have a veteran roster who are familiar with what it takes to win this time of year. The Thunder, on the other hand, are making the franchise's first playoff appearance with young players who comparatively have nothing to lose.
Benbow says: Lakers in 6. In a perfect world this would be the 2007 Mavs-Warriors series all over again. In the real world, Kobe Bryant crash the OKCs frat party of a season.