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1. Dallas Mavericks @ Los Angeles Lakers January 16th (TNT)

This matchup means more to Laker fans than any matchup this season. The Lakers were embarrassed by the Mavericks in the conference semi-finals of the playoffs last season when they were swept and blown out in the final game of the series. The Lakers clearly have bad blood with this team. And now that Lamar Odom is on their team, things just got even more interesting between these two franchises. They both will be looking forward to the challenge. Simply put, this is the most anticipated game of the Los Angeles Lakers 2011-2012 season.