Los Angeles Lakers Betting
Bet on the new-look Los Angeles Lakers from the BetUS sportsbook. The Lakers disappointed previously but are set as a top-three team per their NBA odds. Find their NBA conference odds and NBA Championship odds with the sportsbook’s basketball futures section. This includes being able to bet on LeBron James to win MVP or other player awards. Bet on games before or while they happen with the new and improved Live Betting platform and NBA game props.
Los Angeles Lakers Betting Outlook
- Championship Odds: +350
- Conference Odds: +150
- Division Odds: Ev
The Lakers’ 2020-21 season was ruined by injuries and an early playoff exit. General Manager Rob Pelinka did not waste time as he jettisoned almost everyone outside of LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Gone are the Lakers’ role players, replaced with a slew of former All-Stars and streaky scorers.
The most notable addition would be former MVP Russell Westbrook. The Lakers acquired the triple-double machine from the Wizards to give James another proven ball handler. Westbrook will raise the team’s floor even when James and Davis are not on the floor.
Los Angeles finished 22nd in the NBA in scoring but were a bottom-three unit when James and Davis were injured. Westbrook will have a bevy of shooters and scorers to help remedy this issue. If all goes according to plan, both James and Davis can recuperate and the Lakers can recapture a top-three seed in the West.
Lakers 2021-22 Predictions
- Regular Season Record: 58-24
- Conference Standing: 1st
- Division Standing: 1st
Los Angeles Lakers Team Leaders
At 36, James remains as arguably the best player in the NBA. Even with his injuries, James led the team in points (25 points), assists (7.8), and box plus/minus (7.5). The Lakers were 10.6 points better with him on the floor and the team went 12-15 when he didn’t play.
Second to James is Davis. The eight-time All-Star also battled a myriad of ailments and his early exit from the playoffs is what led to the Lakers’ downfall. Davis saw his averages decline in 2020-21 with 21.8 points and 7.9 boards, far cries from his averages of 25.5 and 10.7 since becoming an All-Star.
James and Davis are expected to bounce back this season. Both can be had on the MVP betting lines at +1200 and +2500, respectively.
The Lakers’ 2020-21 season was ravaged by injuries as James and Davis were in-and-out of the lineup. Los Angeles struggled to a 42-30 record, a steep decline from their 52-19 record a season prior.
The team was seeded seventh and had to defeat Golden State in the play-in tournament to qualify for the playoffs only to lose to Chris Paul and the Phoenix Suns. This marked James’s first first-round series loss.
Los Angeles also performed poorly on the spread going 34-44-1 but was still a reliable bet as chalk, going 40-16 straight-up. The team’s strong defense and pedestrian offense led to plenty of low-scoring games. As a result, the Lakers led the NBA in totals going under at 46-30-3 (60.5%).
All-in-all, this season was considered a failure and the front office got rid of all but three players from the roster. Forward Talen Horton-Tucker was the only player outside of James and Davis that the Lakers retained.
Russell Westbrook, guard, Washington Wizards
Rajon Rondo, guard, Memphis Grizzlies
Dwight Howard, center, Philadelphia 76ers
Carmelo Anthony, forward, Portland Trail Blazers
Malik Monk, guard, Charlotte Hornets
Kendrick Nunn, guard, Miami Heat
Trevor Ariza, forward, Miami Heat
Kent Bazemore, guard/forward, Golden State Warriors
Wayne Ellington, guard, Detroit Pistons
DeAndre Jordan, center, Brooklyn Nets
Dennis Schroder, guard, Boston Celtics
Kyle Kuzma, forward, Washington Wizards
Montrezl Harrell, forward/center, Washington Wizards
Alex Caruso, guard, Chicago Bulls
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, guard/forward, Washington Wizards
Andre Drummond, center, Philadelphia 76ers
Markieff Morris, forward, Miami Heat
Marc Gasol, center, Memphis Grizzlies
Isaiah Jackson, guard, Kentucky
Frank Vogel enters his third season as the Lakers’ head coach with a 94-49 regular season record and an 18-9 playoff record. He led the team to its 17th NBA Championship in the 2019-20 season. Although the Lakers dealt with many injuries in the 2020-21 season, Vogel managed to keep the team as a top-three defense.
The 48-year-old is listed at fifth in the NBA Coach of the Year betting odds. If the Lakers can dominate and finish first in the West, he could just cash that bet.