Los Angeles
Lakers
Stadium STAPLES Center
3-2 Overall | WESTERN 3rd
TEAM STATSPTS/GOPP PTS/G
Pacific Division108.299.4
Schedule
Preseason
Sat  10/5
@
Golden State
W123-101
Thu  10/10
vs
Brooklyn
L111-114
Sat  10/12
@
Brooklyn
L77-91
Mon  10/14
vs
Golden State
W104-98
Wed  10/16
vs
Golden State
W126-93
Regular season
Tue  10/22
@
Los Angeles
TNT10:30pm
Fri  10/25
vs
Utah
ESPN10:30pm
Sun  10/27
vs
Charlotte
9:30pm
Tue  10/29
vs
Memphis
NBAt10:30pm
Team Outlook and Scouting Report

SEASON FORECASTS AND FUTURES PICKS

Their odds to win it all are 4/1, 20% (#2). Our projection recommends not betting on them to win it all. Their 12.5% chance is #3 in the league. In simulations, they win the West 21% of the time and are not a good value at 9/4, 30.8%. The Lakers are averaging 51.1 wins per sim which makes them a decent bet to win over 50.5 games. At -650 the Lakers are a good value to make the playoffs with a 98.9% chance. Their odds of winning their division are 11/5, 31.2%. They win the division in 34.3% of simulations. Their average wins per simulation puts them at #4 in the West.

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REGULAR SEASON RECAP AND UPCOMING GAMES

They were expected to win 47% of their games last season so their 37-45 met expectations. They were not good against the spread going 35-46-1 (-1560 loss). More of their games came in under (49) than went over (32). They are favored in their upcoming game vs the LA Clippers. The table below shows their upcoming games, their simulation based win percentage and their recent head to head record (WL, ATS, OU).

TEAM STATISTICAL STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES

SHOOTING (AVERAGE): Their true FG% is 55.5% (#16 in League). They average 111.8 pts per game vs an expected average (based on pre-game odds) of 113.4. On the road they average 112.5 (112.4 expected), and at home 111 ppg (114.4 expected).

DEFENSE (STRENGTH): They are an above average defensive team holding opponents to 55.1 true FG% (#9 in League). They allow 113.5 pts per game vs an expected value of 114.3. They are allowing 115.8 (115 expected) on the road, and at home 111.2 ppg (113.6 expected).

REBOUNDING (BELOW AVERAGE): They are slightly outrebounded by opponents by 0.1 per game (#15 in league).

TURNOVERS (WEAKNESS): Their average turnover margin is -1.9 per game (#28 in league).

TEAM FANTASY LEADERS

The table below show the most valuable fantasy players on the team led by LeBron James who is projected to be the #2 Forward. The Better Option column shows the player directly above him and the Better Than column shows the player directly below him in the projected position rankings.

Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateEXPCOLLEGE
37 Antetokounmpo, Kostas PF6-1020011/20/19971Dayton
11 Bradley, Avery SG6-218011/26/19909Texas
12 Cacok, Devontae PF6-724010/08/19960North Carolina-Wilmington
1 Caldwell-Pope, Kentavious SG6-520502/18/19936Georgia
4 Caruso, Alex SG6-518602/28/19942Texas A&M
2 Cook, Quinn PG6-217903/23/19933Duke
15 Cousins, DeMarcus C6-1127008/13/19909Kentucky
30 Daniels, Troy SF6-420507/15/19916Virginia Commonwealth
3 Davis, Anthony PF6-1025303/11/19937Kentucky
10 Dudley, Jared SF6-723707/10/198512Boston College
14 Green, Danny SF6-621506/22/198710North Carolina
5 Horton-Tucker, Talen SG6-423511/25/20000Iowa State
39 Howard, Dwight C6-1126512/08/198515No College
20 Jackson, Demetrius PG6-120109/07/19943Notre Dame
23 James, LeBron SF6-825012/30/198416No College
0 Kuzma, Kyle PF6-922007/24/19952Utah
7 McGee, JaVale C7-027001/19/198811Nevada
21 Norvell, Zach SG6-520612/09/19970Gonzaga
9 Rondo, Rajon PG6-118602/22/198613Kentucky