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SEASON FORECASTS AND FUTURES PICKS
Oddsmakers give them the 2nd best chance of winning the championship despite being 5th in the West in projected regular season wins. If they are fully healthy they are our Computer Model's #1 team. But with likely load management and injuries for LeBron and Anthony Davis we do not project them to have home court advantage in the West Finals or NBA Finals which hurts their chances of winning it all. Their odds to win it all are 4/1, 20% (#2). Their 15.5% chance is #2 in the league which is not high enough to be a good bet. In simulations, they win the West 25.4% of the time and are not a good value at 9/4, 30.8%. The Lakers are averaging 50.6 wins per sim which makes them a decent bet to win over 50 games. At -800 the Lakers are a good value to make the playoffs with a 98% chance. Their odds of winning their division are 3/1, 25%. They win the division in 30.2% of simulations. Their average wins per simulation puts them at #2 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). Based on computer simulations they only have a 47% chance to beat the Clippers in their next game. The table below shows their upcoming games, their simulation based win percentage and their recent head to head record (WL, ATS, OU).
|OPPONENT||SIM%||H2H WL||H2H ATS||H2H 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.
|PLAYER||OWN%||RANK||BETTER OPTION||BETTER THAN|
|LeBron James||74||2||Giannis Antetokounmpo||Anthony Davis|
|Anthony Davis||94||3||LeBron James||Luka Doncic|
|Kyle Kuzma||94||26||Kevin Love||Marvin Bagley III|
|Rajon Rondo||66||46||Evan Fournier||J.J. Redick|
|Danny Green||32||73||Tyus Jones||George Hill|
|JaVale McGee||68||30||Zach Collins||Ivica Zubac|
|Avery Bradley||26||80||Luke Kennard||Jalen Brunson|
|Dwight Howard||28||32||Ivica Zubac||Jakob Poeltl|
|Quinn Cook||0||97||Troy Brown||De'Anthony Melton|
|Kentavious Caldwell-Pope||45||103||Markelle Fultz||Jordan McRae|