The 2021 NBA Playoffs get underway on Tuesday, May 18 with the new play-in tournament. The 7-10 seeds in each conference face off to finalize the final two spots in each conference’s eight-team first round. As the playoffs get underway, we’ll be breaking down DraftKings Sportsbook odds for each team to open the tournament and as teams advance through each round.
The Lakers were flying high and sat atop the Western Conference for a large chunk of the first half of the season, but things went downhill when Anthony Davis suffered an Achilles injury against the Nuggets. Los Angeles went into a slump heading into the All-Star break, and things got worse when LeBron James suffered an ankle sprain after All-Star weekend. The Lakers’ stayed afloat with both their superstars out and acquired Andre Drummond to slow their descent. Los Angeles can’t be considered an underdog with all its talent and experience.
Lakers odds to win NBA championship, May 17: +400
The Lakers have to get through the Western Conference’s play-in tournament, but they are still favored to win the conference finals at +200. They also have the second-best title odds at +400. When James, Davis, and Schroder are healthy, few teams can match them. Los Angeles has one of the best defensive lineups in basketball when its best starting five can play, and that’ll give it an advantage when opposing teams get tight in the postseason.
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