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NBA West contender tiers: Biggest threats to the Lakers

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Marc Gasol says he'll contribute to the Lakers however he can after Andre Drummond took his place as the team's starting center. (1:12)

The race for the NBA's Western Conference title is wide open.

While the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers remain the favorites, they've got injury problems and they're dropping in the standings. Meanwhile, a fascinating group of challengers hope to dethrone LeBron James and take hold of that West crown.

Looking at the betting odds courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook, four distinct tiers of Finals contenders emerge out West. Let's take a look at the teams most likely to surpass the Lakers in the postseason.