Los Angeles
Lakers
Stadium STAPLES Center
49-14 Overall | WESTERN 1st
TEAM STATSPTS/GOPP PTS/G
Pacific Division114.3106.9
Schedule
Regular season
Sun  3/1
@
New Orleans
W122-114
Tue  3/3
vs
Philadelphia
W120-107
Fri  3/6
vs
Milwaukee
W113-103
Sun  3/8
@
Los Angeles
W112-103
Tue  3/10
vs
Brooklyn
L102-104
Thu  3/12
vs
Houston
POSTPONED
Sun  3/15
vs
Denver
POSTPONED
Mon  3/16
@
Utah
POSTPONED
Wed  3/18
vs
Utah
POSTPONED
Sat  3/21
@
Charlotte
POSTPONED
Team Outlook and Scouting Report

SEASON FORECASTS AND FUTURES PICKS

Oddsmakers have the Lakers as the favorite to win the championship. They are not a good bet to win the championship. Their 26.7% chance is #2 in the league. In simulations, they win the West 38.8% of the time and are not a good value at 11/10, 47.6%. Their pre-season futures line was 48.5 wins so they have hit the over. They are making the playoffs. Their chances of winning the division stand at 97.9%. They were a -650 'favorite' to make the playoffs in the preseason. Their preseason chances to win the division were 25.8% at 11/5, 31.2%. Based on wins per simulation they are projected to have the best record in the West.

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REGULAR SEASON RECAP AND UPCOMING GAMES

After 63 games, their expected win percentage is 70% based on the money line odds. At 49-14 they ahead of expectations. Money line betters would be up big taking them in every game (+882 units). They are one of the best teams against the spread (35-27-1) for a 530 profit. Their under-over record is 33-30. They are heavy favorites in their upcoming game vs the Houston Rockets. 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 (STRENGTH): This is an above average shooting team with a true FG% of 57.7% (#6 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): This is an elite defensive team holding opponents to 54.7 true FG% (#5 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 (STRENGTH): They significantly outrebound opponents by an average of +3.8 per game (#2 in league). However, the team has recently been outrebounded by 1.7.

TURNOVERS (ABOVE AVERAGE): They have an Average turnover margin of 0.4 per game (#14 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 #1 Forward the rest of the season. 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 PG6-318011/26/19909Texas
12 Cacok, Devontae C6-824010/08/19960North Carolina-Wilmington
1 Caldwell-Pope, Kentavious SG6-520402/18/19936Georgia
4 Caruso, Alex SG6-518602/28/19942Texas A&M
28 Cook, Quinn PG6-118003/23/19933Duke
3 Davis, Anthony PF6-1025303/11/19937Kentucky
10 Dudley, Jared SF6-623707/10/198512Boston College
14 Green, Danny SF6-621506/22/198710North Carolina
5 Horton-Tucker, Talen SG6-423411/25/20000Iowa State
39 Howard, Dwight C6-1026512/08/198515No College
23 James, LeBron SF6-925012/30/198416No College
0 Kuzma, Kyle PF6-822107/24/19952Utah
7 McGee, JaVale C7-027001/19/198811Nevada
88 Morris, Markieff PF6-824509/02/19898Kansas
9 Rondo, Rajon PG6-118002/22/198613Kentucky
--- Smith, J.R. SG6-622509/09/198515No College
18 Waiters, Dion SG6-321012/10/19917Syracuse