At least 10 games having played into the new season, Lebron James and the Los Angeles Lakers are now tagged as the current favorites to win the NBA title as per the simulations conducted by SportsLine data scientist Stephen Oh. 

After dropping their game against Kawhi Leonard and the Los Angeles Clippers on opening night, the Lakers had won seven straight games before the defending Champions Toronto Raptors halted the streak on Sunday.

The Lakers are projected to win at least 55 games in the regular season with chances of entering the Playoffs at 100 percent. Data figures state that the 16-time Champion franchise holds a 25.7 percent chance to reclaim the Larry O’ Brien, and a 36.64 percent possibility to rule the Western Conference.

This latest update has already reflected the betting world. Overtaking the Clippers, the Lakers are positioned at +300 favorites to win. The Clips, though, are still close at second with a +350 odds. The Philadelphia 76ers and Milwaukee Bucks are tied at third and fourth as bettors are expected to win $600 should they place a $100 bet on any of them.

The season may be young but this projection will make every Laker fan thrilled. As they say, their fan-base has been deprived of a Playoff appearance in the last six years so every piece of positive headline stimulates the release of their ecstatic hormones.

These data and projection are expected to shake up as the season progresses. Lots of factors shall still be considered like injuries, trades and others. But for as long as the Lakers maintain this type of pace and keep their core healthy, we should expect to see their betting odds price short come April at the start of the Playoffs going all the way through June for the Finals.

Rob Pelinka must be really fueled this time that his team is grooving the way he envisioned it to be. Thanks to his off-season moves highlighted by the Anthony Davis acquisition, the Lakeshow might just be bound to halt their 10-year title drought.


Anthony Davis LeBron James Lakers LeBron James #23 is congratulated by Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers after scoring a basket against Memphis Grizzlies during the second half at Staples Center on October 29, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images