The Los Angeles Lakers were once destined to not only qualify for the Western Conference playoffs, but steamroll their way through to an NBA Finals appearance to square off with LeBron James and the Miami Heat. Although that’s not the case today, it’s only made them a more compelling NBA betting option.
Thanks to the offseason additions of Steve Nash and Dwight Howard, the Lakers were expected to be the golden answer to Miami’s Big Three. Several months of injuries, coaching transitions and questionable team chemistry later, L.A. finds themselves on the outside of the conference’s top eight looking in.
There is hope, however, something that wasn’t necessarily being talked about a month ago. Sitting just a handful of games back from the final playoff spot, the Lakers are in prime position to turn the NBA odds on their head yet again.
If they hope to live up to the 18/1 odds they have on the current NBA futures, they can’t waste any time. Coming off of a solid showing in February thus far, their momentum is the strongest it’s been this season.