Lakers' Form Plummets, But What About Their Playoff Chances?

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 5:22 PM UTC

Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019 5:22 PM UTC

As the season hurtles towards the finish line, where do LeBron James and Los Angeles figure on the NBA odds board? Let’s find out as we weigh in on our NBA picks.

<p>On the heels of another crushing loss – 110-105 to the Grizzlies on Monday night – the Los Angeles Lakers slipped to a 29-31 mark on the season and, more concerning, a 3-7 record in their last 10 games.</p><p>It goes without saying such form isn’t going to cut it in this late push for a playoff spot. At this point, the Lakers would be thrilled to just make the playoffs, never mind any accolades.</p><p>All is not lost yet but LeBron James and company have a lot of work to do. They are currently sitting in 11th place in the Western Conference, four wins adrift of eighth-place San Antonio.</p><p>The Los Angeles Clippers, meanwhile, were quick to capitalize with a 121-112 win over the Mavericks the same evening to move up into playoff contention behind a 34-28 mark on the season and 6-4 mark in their last 10 games.</p><p>As it stands, the Clippers are in seventh place in the West, a win ahead of the Spurs and five ahead of the divisional and city rival Lakers.</p><p>Yet, a bet on the Clippers to win the Western Conference in NBA futures betting is set to a whopping +10000, while a bet on the Lakers in this identical market is set to a mere +2000 on the moneyline.</p><p>Similary, in overarching NBA futures, the Lakers are priced at +3300 to win the NBA Championship while the Clippers – who are currently inside the playoff race – are a staggering +15000 bet on your <a href="" title="Free NBA Picks">NBA picks</a>.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;The Lakers STINK! They are contaminating Hollywood, DAMNIT! &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;February 27, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><h2>The LeBron Effect</h2><p>Among many NBA experts, the Lakers are a long-shot NBA pick but many hesitate to be vocal about it because the team boasts one of the best players in the history of the game. That very same reason is a consequence that swells the Lakers’ <a href="" title="Live NBA Odds">NBA odds</a> beyond realistic expectations and a genuine reflection of their current standings and form, too.</p><p>Let’s face it, they are priced better than their divisional rivals (as mentioned above) and, by and large, most NBA teams that are currently inside the playoff race in the NBA standings. Obviously, this has everything to do with the LeBron effect. Is it enough, though, to make a bet on the Lakers for this season’s playoffs?</p><p>Taking the Lakers on a bet in your NBA picks is going to be all about the LeBron effect, make no mistake. Reality is the standings and form suggests the Lakers are not a realistic bet to consider.</p>
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