- Prediction: Around 50 wins in the regular season and should make the playoffs
- Pick: No recommended bet
It’s hard to predict the number of regular season wins of the Los Angeles Lakers, simply because the team won’t care that much. The goal will be to qualify for the playoffs and keep LeBron and Anthony Davis healthy.
The seed won’t be of crucial importance, as this is a team that can beat anyone in the post-season. That’s why I feel reluctant to recommend any bets on the Lakers. I feel they should win 50 games or so, but I can’t be certain.
It’s hard to evaluate Los Angeles correctly after such a turbulent summer. They lost a bunch of players to acquire Anthony Davis, failed to get Kawhi, and then signed a couple of free agents to complete the roster.
With the Brow and LeBron, the franchise is certainly a contender, but I don’t think the regular season will be that good. This team will need time to gel, and James’ age suggests that he should be rested every now and then.
We expect the organization to finish with around 50 wins, and their true power will be displayed in the playoffs. In that sense, betting on the Los Angeles Lakers right now to win the division, the conference, or the title seems rash.
The hype is real, and the odds are too low. It would be better to wait and see what happens during the regular season. The betting prices for the Lakers should rise at some point.