It doesn’t seem very long ago that the Los Angeles Lakers were receiving the Larry O’Brien Trophy following their NBA Finals victory. The title was LeBron James’ fourth with three different franchises. It was also his 10th Finals appearance.
That Game 6 win over the Miami Heat took place on October 11 in the Orlando bubble. A lot has changed in the NBA in just over two months, but one thing has remained constant: The Lakers are still the team to beat.
The Lakers’ game against their Western Conference rival Los Angeles Clippers provides a great opening night matchup for the NBA.
Los Angeles Lakers Betting Preview: The Dynamic Duo Return
There have been a lot of changes made to the Lakers’ roster in the brief offseason, but general manager Rob Pelinka accomplished what he needed to do. He signed forward Anthony Davis to a new five year deal and convinced LeBron James to add two additional years to his contract.
As he demonstrated in Miami and then Cleveland, the best player of his generation has little difficulty attracting talent to play alongside him. With James and Davis committed to the Lakers for four more seasons, Pelinka easily added quality pieces around them.
The Lakers added point guard Dennis Shroder and center Marc Gasol among others while keeping a number of key players from last season. They went 4-0 in the preseason including a pair of wins over the Clippers.
Los Angeles Clippers Betting Preview: Tyronn Lue Moves Over a Seat
New Clippers head coach Tyronn Lue hopes to do what he did in Cleveland when he was promoted from an assistant coach. He eventually led the Cavaliers to four Finals appearances and an NBA title in the 2015-2016 season.
Lue had a lineup in Cleveland that included LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. If it hadn’t been for the impressive smash brothers era in Golden State, the Cavs might have added another championship or two to their record.
The reason Lue is now the head coach and Doc Rivers is in Philadelphia is because the Clippers underperformed last season despite the presence of forward Kawhi Leonard and guard Paul George. They held a 3-1 lead over Denver in the conference semifinals but eventually lost the series.
The Clippers added some pieces, like forward Luke Kennard and forward-center Serge Ibaka. The Clippers went winless in three preseason games and will need to gel quickly to keep up with the Lakers.
Betting Odds and Lines
MyBookie.ag posts the home standing Lakers, although the two teams share and arena, as three point favorites. Both teams have odds of -110 against the spread. The site does not have money line of over/under odds posted for the game.
Free Betting Pick
The Lakers appear to not only have the better team at this point, but are well ahead of the Clippers in having a cohesive lineup. Without any contract issues or other distractions, look for the Lakers to roll early in 2020-2021.
Spooky Express Free Pick: LA Lakers -3