The King has Returned to his Throne to Boost the Lakers NBA Title Odds
The Los Angeles Lakers have officially overtaken their Staples Centers neighbors as the favorites for the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy. Led by a powerful 7–game win streak, the Lakers look fully in control of their destiny through the early part of the schedule. The Lakers are finally back!
Lebron James, once again healthy, has been instrumental in helping the Lakers in his 17th season. Coming off a road trip that included three-straight triple doubles, the King is flat out dominating the court. An energized Lebron is still the most dangerous weapon in the Association. The “#WashedKing” currently leads the league in assists at 10.5 a game and is looking as spry as ever on the court. Bettors would be loath to forget the Lakers have almost a 70% percent win percentage with Lebron on the court. If he stays healthy, this team will be a force in the playoffs.
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How Dwight Howard… Yes DWIGHT HOWARD is Helping the Lakers NBA Title Odds
Aided by an impressive resurgence from Dwight Howard, the Lakers defense is number one in defensive rating so far this year. A healthy, motivated Howard has been a fantastic surprise during his second stop in purple and gold. Howard has been a revelation; providing a stabilizing, rim protecting presence not seen in LA in years. The Lakers can expect another veteran presence back this week as Rajon Rondo is set to make his season debut. While Rondo remains a shooting liability, his instincts and passing are assets on any squad. A steady presence to lead the second unit is just what this team needs. Betting the Lakers at +300 looks better than ever.
If you don’t believe the NBA Title will come down to the two Los Angeles franchises, there are many value bets on the market. If you believe in bully ball, the boys of broadstreet should have you roaring. The 76ers boast the East’s best defense, and with it the most direct shot at a trip to the NBA finals. Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Bucks are the most likely foe to stop them, and the reigning Most Valuable Player will need more help to get there. Both the Bucks and 76ers are available at +600 on most markets. However, it may be advantageous to see how the next few weeks shake out for both teams before betting on the victor.
As almost an afterthought at most sportsbooks, the team with the best record in the NBA—the Boston Celtics—are longshots to win the title, clocking in at +2500 at most places (not a surprise considering they are going to be without Gordon Hayward until Christmas after he broke his hand in the midst of some of the best basketball of his career).