The King has decided on his new castle, drastically changing the NBA betting landscape along the way.
LeBron James agreed to a four-year, $154 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers today, putting an end to his career in Cleveland.
With the Lakers becoming LeBron’s third team since joining the NBA, they now have one of the best chances to take on the Warriors in the 2018-19 season.
Though LeBron has moved several times in his career, this will be the first time James will be in the Western Conference – putting him on a collision course with the two strongest teams in the league — the reigning champion Golden State Warriors and #1 ranked Houston Rockets — solidifying the West as the strongest Conference.
What does this trade spell for the Lakers now that they have obtained the King?
Let’s take a look at the updated betting:
|Team:||NBA 2018/19 Championship odds:|
|Golden State Warriors||+110|
|LA Lakers||+400 at Betfair Australia|
|Philadelphia 76ers||+1300 at Betfair Australia|
|San Antonio Spurs||+5000|
|New Orleans Pelicans||+6000|
The bookmakers are working frantically to keep up with all the punters jumping on the Lakers right now. The odds to win the championship have dropped to $5.00 with Sportsbet, and we expect more of a drop to come as the days pass.
LeBron James is the outright leader for the MVP sitting at $4.50 with Sportsbet. Any time you add such amazing personal to your franchise, you are destined to greatness.
If you are looking for the best Laker value right now, look no further than Ladbroke. The Ladbrokes bookmakers have the Lakers at a clean $6.50. The lowest value we found came from CrownBet, who had the Lakers winning the Championship at only $4.50.
The Lakers sat in the eleventh position in the West by the end of the 2017-18 regular season, which was a climb in recent years, where they were previously unable to climb above fourteenth.
Those times have passed for now, when LeBron enters the frame all will change.
LeBron’s lowest finish in the East was in his Rookie-year when the young star carried the Cavs to ninth position. Since his first and second years in the league, LeBron’s lowest finish was fourth, which was his final season for the Cavaliers.
Which a young talented point-guard Lonzo Ball by his side, the sky is the limit. When you incorporate the entire Lakers roster which includes the likes of Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma, the Lakers are no laughing matter this season.
Ladbrokes have also included some promotional LeBron James markets in the spirit of the moment. Ladbrokes is offering $8.00 odds if LeBron can average a triple double for the entire season. They also are offering the same $5.00 as all other bookmakers for the MVP award to be in LeBron’s hands.
Anything is possible this upcoming NBA season, including trades for other players as well as LeBron. It’s speculated that the Lakers will also be targeting Paul George which could spell trouble for all the other teams in the Western Conference.
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