NBA 2021 Playoffs Betting: How Can the Lakers’ Placement Affect Your Bets

Posted by Derrick Harper on May 4, 2021 in

With less than 10 games remaining in the regular season, teams are scrambling to either get into the playoffs or get a better seed. One team that has struggled lately is the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers have fallen in the standings, and are going to be a difficult first round matchup for anyone that they may face. As one of the favorites to win the title, the NBA doesn’t want to see the Lakers eliminated too soon. Let’s take a closer look at the current state of the Lakers so you can plan your bets against their NBA Playoffs odds.

2021 NBA Playoffs Picture Update – LA Lakers Placement Could Affect Your Bets

Lakers With and Without LeBron

The Los Angeles Lakers could make things difficult for the higher seeds come playoff time. If the playoffs started today, the Lakers would be the #7 seed. Not having LeBron James over the past few weeks has really hurt the Lakers. Prior to James’ injury, the Lakers were jumping between the #2 and #3 seed. Even though James is back, he is still not at 100%, and he has even left a recent game with soreness.

Even though the Lakers are currently the #7 seed, they have an identical record to both the Portland Trail Blazers and the Dallas Mavericks. With less than 10 games left in the regular season, we could see the Lakers finish as high as the #5 seed. The Lakers will not have the home court advantage in any of their playoff series.

Even though they won’t finish any higher than the #5 seed, the Lakers still have the second-best odds to win this year’s NBA Championship. Their odds are currently at +350. The Brooklyn Nets are the favorite to win this year’s title at +225.

Possible Opponents for Current Ranking

If the Lakers were to stay as the #7 seed, they would match up with either the Phoenix Suns or the Utah Jazz, who are both tied for the best record in the NBA. This is not a desirable matchup for either of these teams. The Lakers are one of the top defensive teams in the league. In Utah’s case, Rudy Gobert would struggle to stop Anthony Davis. Phoenix would be an even tougher matchup for the Lakers, as they could spread the floor out and make it tough for Los Angeles.

Other Scenarios 

If the Lakers ended up as the #5 or #6 seed, they would either face a red-hot Denver Nuggets squad or their Staples Center roommates, the Los Angeles Clippers. A Lakers-Clippers matchup is something that many have wanted to see in the Western Conference finals, not the first round. If this were to be the first round matchup, a top title contender would be eliminated in the first round. 

On the other side, if the Lakers were to face the Denver Nuggets, they would be facing a team that has been on fire. Denver has won five in a row and nine of their last 10. Nikola Jokic will probably be the league MVP award and has led the Nuggets squad. Even though Jamal Murray is out for the season, the Nuggets have leaned on Michael Porter Jr. and Aaron Gordon to help pick up the slack. This would make for a very tough first round series for either team.