It has been another poor start for the Los Angeles Lakers, and this has become a theme since winning the title two seasons ago. The rough start actually extended throughout the regular season last year and kept the Lakers from repeating as champion.
The Lakers have gone just 7-6 through their first 13 games, and they are barely holding on to a playoff position in the Western Conference. Injuries have taken a toll on Los Angeles, and the championship betting odds have suffered as well.
The Lakers now have odds set at +700 to win the NBA championship, but they were as low as +300 in the preseason. Future betting odds tend to fluctuate quite a bit, but this is not a positive sign for Los Angeles.
This team can’t afford a bad playoff seed this season as the Western Conference is loaded with some great teams. Getting LeBron James and Anthony Davis on the floor together will help, but there are some questions about the depth as well.
There is still a long season ahead for the Lakers, but it’s pretty shocking to see the future NBA championship odds fall so fast.
Western Conference is Loaded
As mentioned above, the NBA Western Conference is loaded with great teams, and the Lakers can’t afford to take the regular season off. The Lakers are still the favorites to win the West at +300, but the Golden State Warriors are charging hard.
Golden State has jumped out to the best record in the NBA this season, and they now have odds set at +440 to win the Western Conference. The Warriors are only going to continue to get better when Klay Thompson is back on the floor.
The Utah Jazz (+440), Phoenix Suns (+600), and Denver Nuggets (+800) are in play to win the Western Conference as well.
Are the Nets For Real?
The Brooklyn Nets have been the title favorites since the preseason, and they still remain in that position today. Brooklyn has odds set at +260, and it’s actually another Eastern Conference team in second place.
The Milwaukee Bucks are the reigning NBA champions, and they have remained with odds set at +700 to win the title. It appears that it will be the Nets and Bucks battling it out in the East, but other teams are making a play as well.
Brooklyn continues to play without Kyrie Irving, and that does raise some questions about their title chances.
Player Awards in Play For Lakers Stars
The Lakers might be off to a slow start as a team this season, but a pair of stars are making a case to win some individual awards. Anthony Davis is one of the favorites to win the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award, and Carmelo Anthony can make a case for Sixth Man of the Year.
Rudy Gobert is the favorite to win the Defensive Player of the Year at +300, but Anthony Davis is right behind him at +350. Carmelo Anthony has odds set at +1400 to win the Sixth Man of the Year, but Tyler Herro of the Miami Heat is the favorite at +125.