L.A. Lakers Title Odds Now at +10000

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  • The Los Angeles Lakers are now a longshot +10000 to win the 2022 NBA championship.
  • Los Angeles entered the season with title odds of +450, second shortest among all NBA teams.
  • The Lakers are just 31-41 SU on the season and in 9th place in the Western Conference team standings.

While the Boston Celtics have zoomed to the top of the NBA championship odds boards with their red hot streak, their 1980’s rival Los Angeles Lakers have been free-falling from the top of the betting boards.

Once touted as one of the early betting favorites to win the 2022 NBA championship, the Lakers are now among the longshots to win the Larry O’Brien trophy.

Lakers Now a +10000 to Win NBA Title

The Lakers began the season with a +450 odds to win the NBA championship which was the second-shortest preseason odds, behind only the Brooklyn Nets’ +250. But with their disappointing 2021-22 run the Lakers’ championship odds have drifted to +10000 at BetMGM, FD Sportsbook, DK Sportsbook, and Unibet. The Lakers have better odds at PointsBet USA and Bet365 USA but at +7000, they are still longshots to win it all right now.

With a current record of 31-41 SU, Los Angeles is ranked just 9th in the Western Conference team standings and is just one game ahead of the 10th seeded New Orleans Pelicans and three better than the 11th ranked San Antonio Spurs. If they hold off both the Spurs and Pelicans, Los Angeles will host the second Play-in Tournament game against either New Orleans or San Antonio. Should they win, they will have to beat the loser between the no. 7 and no. 8 teams in the West and that team could either be the Minnesota Timberwolves or L.A. Clippers whom they are 1-3 SU and 0-4 SU against this season, respectively.

Even if the Lakers win two play-in tournament games and beat the current -250 odds to miss the playoffs, their prize for doing so isn’t too rewarding: a first round playoffs against the West’s top seed and owners of the NBA’s best record in the Phoenix Suns. The Suns have beaten the Lakes in each of their three meetings this season, doing so by double-digit winning margins. Phoenix also eliminated Los Angeles in the first round of the 2021 NBA playoffs.

Westbrook: It’s Back to 0-0 For Everyone in the Payoffs

Back in February when the Lakers were 24-27 SU, Russell Westbrook was asked about the Lakers’ subpar record, he told reporters that once they are in the playoffs, it’s back to 0-0 for all teams. Russ is 100% correct on that but right now, there is no guarantee that the Lakers will even make the playoffs.

LeBron James has done the heavy lifting in Los Angeles. The King has risen to the top of the NBA’s scoring leaderboard after opening the season with a +8000 odds to be this year’s scoring leader. James has never been known as a big-time scorer, but with Anthony Davis still out with an injury, James is the second-highest scorer since the All-Star break. And is currently the NBA’s leading scorer at 30.0 points per game.

Unfortunately for LeBron, the Lakers have won just three games since the break and two came on nights when Bron dropped 50+ points. It’s impossible for James to score 50 in every game just so the Lakers will win games. The other players on the team must step up if they want to salvage their season and make the playoffs. There’s no question that the Lakers have the talent to do this. However, they have not shown consistency and effort on a game-to-game basis. Unless they do, look for LeBron and Melo to go fishing in May instead.

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Shane Acedera / Author

Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.

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