Many Lakers fans hoped that after the team signed LeBron James and Antony Davis, they go back to their winning ways. This happened in 2020, in the bubble, when the Lakers won the NBA Championship.
However since then, things have not been so smooth thanks to injuries to Lebron and Anthony Davis, as well as streaking play by their teammates.
Let’s explore the upcoming LA Lakers betting chances and take a close look at some tips.
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Lakers Predictions & Odds
The dynamic duo of LeBron James and Anthony Davis might be the best combination the Lakers have had in a while. As we all know, LeBron and Davis are basketball giants and the team added Russell Westbrook to the squad this year giving them a new ‘big 3’.
Right now, DraftKings has the Lakers odds at +7000 to win the NBA Finals and +3500 to win the Western Conference. The Lakers are looking like they will make the playoffs and be in the play-in tournament, which means an extra game before the playoffs begin. Never doubt LeBron though, he has done more with less.
- Point Spread: In this type of betting you will have the team likely to win by the statistics, the favorite and the opposite from it, the underdog. Naturally, everybody will expect that the favorite will win against the underdog, and the odds will be in favor of the first one. The bookies will offer the approximate number of points representing the advantage of the favorite.
- Props: The prop bets are fun and easy to grasp. You can bet on anything that might happen during the game. It is unlikely the bettor will win the bet, as the luck is the main factor. Anyhow, it is still fun to make these kinds of bets.
- Over/under: The bookmaker will offer their odds in terms of predicted scores at the end of the game. The scores of both teams will be combined and the bettor should bet on whether the real score will be over or under the proposed score.
- Moneylines: The bookie will provide the odds that are obvious. Then, the bettor can pick to bet on the favorite or the underdog. Moreover, the transparent odds make the winnings transparent too. So, it all depends on the deposited funds.
History of LA Lakers
When the team was officially formed, it was initially known as the Detroit Gems, and they played for the National Basketball League. The Pistons are now the Detroit team.
Their name changed to Lakers after moving to Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1947 then later on to Los Angeles.
In the 1979 NBA draft, they selected Magic Johnson, and that was the start of the period when the team was dominating for years on. Johnson was later joined by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and James Worthy.
This combination of players successfully got the team to eight appearances in the NBA finals over the next decade. On top of all, five of these were NBA championships.
Soon after the retirement of Abdul-Jabbar and Johnson in 1989 and 1991, things quickly changed, in a bad way. They still made it to the playoffs, but they did no participate in the postseason play. They were neither a part of the NBA finals for quite some time.
All that changed again from 1999-2000 season. The new coach Phil Jackson took control of the team featuring Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant.
Although O’Neal was not part of the team down the road, a new team with Kobe Bryant advanced to the 2008 NBA finals.
Date of Creation
The Lakers team was founded in 1946.
The best seasons for the team was in the ‘80s when they had Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. They managed to win five almost-consecutive NBA Championship titles (1980,1982,1985,1987 and 1988). Also they had a run in the early 2000s winning titles in 2000, 2001 & 2002.
Much of this success can be attributed to ownership from Jerry Buss and Jeanie Buss, coaching from Pat Riley and Phil Jackson, and the long list of Laker greats.
Most Famous Players
The following are high profile players that have ever played for the Lakers:
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
- Magic Johnson
- Kobe Bryant
- Shaquille O’Neal
- Derek Fiscker
- Wilt Chamberlain
- Jerry West
- Elgin Baylor
- Karl Malone