- Both Bovada and BetOnline are giving the Los Angeles Lakers a solid chance of being 2020 NBA champions
- BetOnline likes the Lakers at 8-1 odds
- Bovada lists LA at odds of 15-2
Is LeBron 2.0 going to produce a better outcome for the Los Angeles Lakers? The sportsbooks certainly think that this will be the case.
Bovada has the Lakers pegged as their third betting choice to capture the 2020 title in their NBA Championship odds. LA is listed at odds of +750. Those are better odds than you’ll get if you bet the champion Toronto Raptors (+1000) to successfully defend their title.
BetOnline puts the Lakers and Raptors together as the co-third choice in this betting market at +800.
Los Angeles Lakers 2020 NBA Championship Odds
|Team||2020 NBA Championship Odds at Bovada||2020 NBA Championship Odds at BetOnline|
|Los Angeles Lakers||+750||+800|
*Odds taken 06/14/19
Last season, the Lakers went 37-45. They missed the playoffs in the first season with King James in their court.
Are the Lakers Legit Contenders?
At the moment, you’d have to honestly say no. But the entire landscape of the NBA is about to be shaken as if the league offices were situated on top of the San Andreas Fault.
"The Lakers are a preferred destination for Anthony Davis."
LeBron, probably: pic.twitter.com/Gw5DjX7umQ
— Yahoo Sports NBA (@YahooSportsNBA) June 10, 2019
The Lakers are overwhelming 1-3 favorites to land power forward/center Anthony Davis, who has requested a trade out of New Orleans.
The list of available free agents is a veritable buffet of basketball brilliance: Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving, Jimmy Butler.
Anthony Davis gets traded to the Lakers, signs a long term-deal next summer with LA.
Lakers land another star (Butler or Kyrie).
LeBron and the Lakers three-peat, LeBron retires with six rings, and the Lakers hold the record for most championship in NBA history. pic.twitter.com/FrOuORpFG3
— Sports Notes🎙 (@TheSportsNotes) June 10, 2019
Put any one of those three in a lineup with LeBron and Davis and a title shot doesn’t seem all that far out of reach.
Will Golden State’s Downfall Be LA’s Gain?
Lakers fans delighted in Toronto’s win over the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors. It wasn’t due to any fondness for Canada or the Raptors. It was much more personal than that.
— Lakers Nation (@LakersNation) June 14, 2019
Golden State’s defeat ensured that LA would maintain its position as the most recent NBA champions to three-peat. The Kobe-Shaq Lakers won three titles in a row from 2000-02.
But Golden State’s long-term issues could prove even more of a reward to LeBron and company. Forward Kevin Durant was another star on that free agent list, and had been occasionally linked to LA. He was, until he ruptured his Achilles tendon in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. Durant won’t be playing for any team during the 2019-20 season.
My Showtime Lakers and the Golden State Warriors both tried to three peat and struggled with injuries. Byron Scott and I pulled our hamstrings in the ‘89 finals, while the Warriors suffered with injuries to Klay, Kevin Durant, and Demarcus Cousins.
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) June 14, 2019
Warriors guard Klay Thompson, like Durant an NBA All-Star, tore his ACL in the Game 6 loss to Toronto that ended Golden State’s reign. He was headed for free agency as well. Thompson is expected to be out of action until at least February.
Klay back to the Warriors, Kyrie to Brooklyn and AD to the Lakers are all but confirmed at this point. https://t.co/tkzcDg7NVl
— Robin Lundberg (@robinlundberg) June 14, 2019
Minus 40% of their starting lineup, is it out of the realm of possibility to consider that Golden State might be in a fight for a playoff position in the NBA’s deep Western Conference?
LeBron’s Crowning Achievement?
He’s won titles in Miami and Cleveland, but LeBron knew what he was getting into when he brought his talents to Hollywood. From a national perspective, taking Showtime to a title would be the crowning achievement of James’ Hall of Fame career.
— Legendary Lakers (@goldlakerss) June 8, 2019
LA hasn’t won an NBA title since 2010. That was also the team’s most recent appearance in the final. Between 2000-10, the Shaq-Kobe dynamic duo went to seven NBA Finals and captured five championships.
Between 2000-10, the Shaq-Kobe dynamic duo went to seven NBA Finals and captured five championships.
Imagine the havoc a LeBron-Davis duo could wreak. Especially if the team also adds a max free agent.
— FLEE TV ™ (@FLEESPORTS) June 14, 2019
A word of caution here – none of these moves have occurred yet. But if we’ve learned anything about the Lakers over the years, they’ve a way of making big moves happen.
— CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) June 14, 2019
Now’s the time to bet the Lakers. The odds only figure to shorten.
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