- Will the Los Angeles Lakers Make the Playoffs?
Will the Los Angeles Lakers Make the Playoffs?
It’s certainly no
secret by now: the Los Angeles Lakers have struggled to remain in the
playoff picture this season. They’ve even struggled from a gambling
perspective; the Lakers are only 28-38 against the spread this season.
However, at the time of this writing they find themselves sitting at
34-32 (3rd in the Pacific Division) and in the eighth seed in the
Western Conference. The Utah Jazz are only a half-game behind them,
however, so they have to keep the pedal to the metal if they want to
hang on to their playoff berth.
There are seventeen games left in the season for the Lake Show, and to
close out the season strong they’re going to need Dwight Howard to
continue playing like his old self. For as much criticism as Howard has
taken this year, his numbers have actually been at All-NBA levels; he’s
averaging 16.5 points per game, a league-best 12.4 rebounds per game,
and over two blocks per contest. However, over the past four games,
Howard has averaged 24.8 points, 16.3 rebounds, and four blocks per
game. Those are astounding numbers, and if his health can continue to
improve and he can keep playing like Dwight Howard circa 2009, the
Lakers could be dangerous in a first-round playoff series.
important factor that we need to consider is Kobe Bryant latest injured
(sprained left ankle) against Atlanta Haws game where they lost 96-92.
Kobe provides Lakers with an average 27.5 points per game and another
5.8 assists per game. They can afford loosing their Black Mamba leader
and we need to wait medical team update. However they all hope to be
able to play in the next ‘finals’ so as to increase their playoffs
"I think they're getting a feel for each other and how to finish games
out," Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said of his squad. "And Dwight is just
feeling better. You can see it all over the place. His back is better,
he's in rhythm. … He's a monster defensively."
However, for as promising as the Lakers have looked lately, they still
have a long way to go if they’re going to make any real impact in the
playoffs. They’re currently at 15/2 or 8.50 odds to win the Western
Conference, the fourth highest in the conference, and 15/1 or 16.00 to
win the NBA Championship, the fifth highest basketball betting odds.
They’re a much longer shot than those odds suggest, however; people
love to bet the Lakers, so many gamblers placing bets on them
artificially inflate their lines. All in all, it’s looking pretty good
for the Lakers to make the playoffs. Anything after that, however, is
tough to predict.