The question is simple BetUS online betting faithful. Will LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers repeat as NBA champions in 2021?
Whether you love the Lakers or loathe them with every fiber in your being – the answer is simple.
Let me explain, starting with a look back at the season that was sportsbook betting basketball fanatics.
Los Angeles Lakers 2020-21 NBA Odds
Odds To Win Pacific Division -150
Odds To Win Western Conference Championship +125
Odds To Win NBA Championship +250
The Lakers went 52-19 in the regular season to finish as the top seed in the Western Conference. Los Angeles recorded the third-best mark in the regular season behind Milwaukee (56-17) and Toronto (53-19). More importantly, the Lakers seemingly have improved their roster in the short offseason. Let’s look at their additions and losses.
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Los Angeles traded for veteran point guard Dennis Schroeder after he put up a stellar 18.9 points, 4.0 assists and 3.6 rebounds while coming off the bench for the Oklahoma City Thunder last season in just 30.8 minutes per game. The Lakers also signed reigning Sixth Man of the Year Montrezl Harrell after he averaged a stellar 18.6 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 27.8 minutes of action per game last season. Lesser heralded additions include veterans Wesley Matthews (7.4 ppg) and Mars Gasol (7.5 ppg, 6.3 rpg). Los Angeles also re-signed veterans, Markieff Morris and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope while extending James for two years and Anthony Davis for five. Overall, LA’s additions far outweigh their losses, but losing ‘playoff Rondo’ could be a costly blow that only time will tell just how much.
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The Lakers lost big pieces in veteran point guard Rajon Rondo and veterans, Avery Bradley and Dwight Howard – and to a lesser degree, forward Jordan Bell. Let’s take a look at the odds to win the 2021 NBA Conference Championships!
The Lakers went 10-3 against their Pacific Division opponents last season. Los Angeles went 36-10 against their Western Conference rivals in 2019-20.
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The Lakers went 25-10 at home and a more impressive 27-9 on the road while averaging 113.4 points per game and allowing 107.6 per game. Anthony Davis averaged a team-high 26.1 points and 9.3 rebounds per game while James averaged a league-high 10.2 assists per game to go along with 7.8 rebounds and 25.3 points. While Kyle Kuzma was the only other double-digit score from last season’s squad, you should expect Schroeder and Harrell to average double figures in scoring in 2020-21 to give the Lakers more offensive balance.
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While I’m expecting LA to be challenged by Denver, Utah, and Portland first and foremost in the Western Conference this coming season, all three teams – along with every other Western Conference title hopeful, are facing a bit of an uphill battle to dethrone the defending champs!
In short, yes the Lakers have a big chance to repeat as champs. The actual question should be, which teams have really legitimate chances to stop them?
Here is a look at the league-wide odds to win the 2021 NBA Championship!