Sure looks that way. Lakers are a narrow-margin team: they have to keep the game slow and completely half-court to have a chance against either OKC or SAS. Any time the game gets uptempo they get killed because they so lack team speed. Even the Celtics, old as they are, are harder to run out on than the Lakers.
they can manage the game style and if
their bigs bring it, and if
MWP, Barnes, and Ebanks give them something
defensively, they do
have matchups they can exploit against both teams. And the Lakers were one of the top FG% defensive teams in the league, which indicates that they they must be outstanding in half-court defense, given how many layups they might give up any given night.
This is all, of course, assuming they get by DEN, which, while likely, I think, is by no means a foregone conclusion.