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Anthony Davis groin injury causes Lakers title odds to drop

The Lakers are legitimate underdogs for the first time in a long time following Anthony Davis’s groin injury. Let’s go over whether they’re still worth betting on at this point.

Anthony Davis of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on during the game against the Phoenix Suns during Round 1, Game 4 of the 2021 NBA Playoffs on May 30, 2021 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California.  Photo by Adam Pantozzi/NBAE via Getty Images

The Los Angeles Lakers were one of the favorites to win the 2021 NBA Finals ahead of Game 4 in their first-round series against the Phoenix Suns, but Anthony Davis’s groin injury has damaged their long-term outlook in the eyes of oddsmakers. The reigning champs have seen their title odds and Western Conference Finals odds drop significantly because of their star power forward’s position.

Los Angeles has the second-best odds to come out of the Western Conference at +275 and only trails the Utah Jazz. It was favored to reach the NBA Finals at +200 ahead of the playoffs, so that’s not too big of a drop-off. The Lakers’ title odds are another story.

The three teams with the best title odds are the Brooklyn Nets (+180), Utah Jazz (+400), and Milwaukee Bucks (+450). The Lakers have dropped from second to fourth among the favorites and now have +600 title odds. Los Angeles can climb back toward the top of Davis returns to close out the Suns, but the Lakers’ odds of making it to the second round are glum at the moment.

Seventh-seeded Los Angeles was favored to take down the Suns and advance to the second round with LeBron James and Davis healthy before the playoffs started, but now they’re underdogs at +130 on the series line. The Lakers are also +170 on the moneyline for Game 5. Los Angeles was favored to win every game last postseason, so getting value on short and long-term betting options now could be big. I’m all for betting on Los Angeles, as its odds will get better with a Game 5 victory, and making the NBA Finals will be a reach if Phoenix goes up 3-2 with home-court advantage for Game 7.

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