The NBA is moving closer and closer to the restart of the season in Orlando. Teams have reported to the bubble in Disney World and training camps are set to begin on July 9, running through July 29 before scrimmages occur. After all of that, we’ll get basketball! DraftKings Sportsbook has win totals posted for each team’s eight-game regular-season schedule. We break down whether the Los Angeles Lakers.
Will the Lakers go over or under their win total?
Over 5.5 +100
Under 5.5 -132
Schedule: LAC, TOR, UTA, OKC, HOU, IND, DEN, SAC
So this is a really interesting win total line. You would think the Lakers wouldn’t be getting plus-odds on the over, but as you can see, their schedule is a bit brutal. The only cupcake game on the Lakers’ schedule for the eight games is the Sacramento Kings. It hurts more when you consider the Lakers may not even need to play for anything by that game.
The big reason why we get plus on the 5.5 OVER is the Lakers could easily lock up the No. 1 seed in the West early. A win over the Clippers puts them 6.5 games up on their in-town rivals. 6.5 up with seven games left means one more win and it’s a clinch. So the Lakers could opt to rest players further if that’s the case. BUT NOT SO FAST!
It’s been a while since any of these guys have played organized basketball. Everybody is 100% fresh and most likely hungry to play. You’ve got to assume for everyone not named J.R. Smith, this is the longest layoff of no basketball for them in a while. LeBron James will probably go hardo and push the Lakers to win every game. The schedule is tough, but it’s the Lakers. I still think they can get to six wins and I’ll risk it on plus money.
Prediction: OVER 5.5 wins
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