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Los Angeles Lakers 2024 NBA Playoffs Betting

Los Angeles Lakers 2024 NBA Championship Odds

The Los Angeles Lakers won and covered their play-in game against the New Orleans Pelicans 110-106 on Tuesday night. While that was a happy occasion, reality quickly set in when the 7-seeded Lakers learned that they would meet the 2-seed and defending NBA Champion Denver Nuggets in a best-of-seven first-round series. Although Denver is the betting favorite in the series, the Nuggets were often inconsistent. Thus, the Lakers might give them all they can handle.

2024 NBA Championship Betting Odds

Los Angeles Lakers NBA Betting Lines

The Los Angeles Lakers are 47-35 straight up, 38-44 against the spread, and 47-34-1 over/under the total. Late on, Los Angeles has covered two out of their last six games. While the Lakers have gone over the total in six of its previous seven matchups. Los Angeles is 8th in the Western Conference playoff standings. Los Angeles is ten games behind the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference playoff race.

Los Angeles has NBA metrics of 6th for scoring offense, 2nd for field goal percentage, 8th for 3-point field goal percentage, 15th for free throw percentage, and 18th for offensive rebounding. On defense, the Lakers have NBA metrics of 23rd for scoring defense, 17th for field goal percentage permitted, 25th for 3-point field goal percentage allowed, and 19th for defensive rebounding.

In the play-in game at New Orleans, LeBron James recorded 23 points, nine rebounds, and nine assists.  D'Angelo Russell added 21 points for the seventh-seeded Lakers, who led by as many as 18 points in the play-in game. Anthony Davis had 20 points, 15 rebounds, and three blocked shots for Los Angeles. The Lakers will face second-seeded Denver in the first round of the playoffs, with Game 1 on Saturday in Colorado. The Nuggets swept the Lakers in the Western Conference finals on the way to the NBA title last season, and Denver was 3-0 vs. L.A. this season.

The Lakers will face the Denver Nuggets in the first round of the 2024 NBA Playoffs. The best-of-seven series opens on Saturday.

Los Angeles Lakers Key Players

SF LeBron James leads the Lakers with 25.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 8.3 assists per game. James is a 4-time NBA champion, 4-time NBA Finals MVP, 4-time NBA MVP, and 20-time NBA All-Star. In his career, James has a playoff average of 28.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 7.2 assists per game.

PF Anthony Davis averages 24.6 points and 12.7 rebounds per game. Davis is a 9-time NBA All-Star. In the playoffs, Davis has a career average of 25.9 points and 11.4 rebounds per game.

Los Angeles Lakers Head Coach

Head coach Davin Ham is a rookie in that role in the NBA. He was a journeyman NBA player who played for six teams, winning an NBA title on the 2004 Detroit Pistons. He was an NBA assistant from 2011-22, including the Lakers and the 2021 NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks. Ham has a career record of 89-74 in the regular season and 8-8 in the playoffs.

Season-by-Season Record (Last 6)

2023-24 82 47 35 3rd, Pacific TBD
2022–23 82 43 39 5th, Pacific Lost in Conference Finals, 0–4 (Nuggets)
2021–22 82 33 49 4th, Pacific Did not qualify
2020–21 72 42 30 3rd, Pacific Lost in First Round, 2–4 (Suns)
2019–20 71 52 19 1st, Pacific NBA Champions, 4–2 (Heat)
2018–19 82 37 45 4th, Pacific Did not qualify
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Los Angeles Lakers History

Most people know that the Los Angeles Lakers were one of the first NBA franchises and started off as the Minneapolis Lakers. However, they don’t know that the Minneapolis Lakers purchased the franchise spot of the short-lived Detroit Gems of the NBL. The Detroit Gems went 4-40 in their lone season, so the new ownership group brought in a new roster when they moved to the Twin Cities. There, the NBA’s first dynasty was born.

George Mikan became the NBA’s first superstar when he joined the Minneapolis Lakers as a rookie in 1948. He only played seven seasons of professional basketball but was unstoppable in the paint and helped the Lakers win five NBA titles in their first six years.

The Lakers moved to Los Angeles in 1960. They were a star-crossed team for over a decade, making it to the NBA Finals eight times, but they lost all eight of those trips. Seven losses came to the Boston Celtics as Bill Russell and company routinely got the better of Jerry West and Elgin Baylor.

This franchise finally brought Los Angeles a title in 1972, just before West, Baylor, and Wilt Chamberlain called it quits. The Lakers had much more success in the 1980s, winning five NBA championships with Magic Johnson running the Showtime Lakers alongside James Worthy and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

The Lakers boasted another mini-dynasty at the start of the 21st Century. Phil Jackson led the Lakers to three straight titles while managing the egos of Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal. Jackson was the coach for the Lakers’ two titles at the end of the decade, too, with Bryant, Derek Fisher, and Pau Gasol.

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