Bubble Preview: Los Angeles Lakers

Record: 49-14

Championship Odds: +200

Key Players

LeBron James: 25.7 PPG, 7.9 REB, 10.6 AST, 1.2 STL

Anthony Davis: 26.7 PPG, 9.4 REB, 3.1 AST, 1.5 STL, 2.4 BLK

Kyle Kuzma: 12.5 PPG, 4.5 REB, 1.3 AST

Dwight Howard: 7.5 PPG, 7.4 REB, 0.7 AST, 1.2 BLK

Rajon Rondo: 7.1 PPG, 3.0 REB, 5.0 AST, 0.8 STL

Players Sitting Out

Avery Bradley: 8.6 PPG, 2.3 REB, 1.3 AST, 0.9 STL

Schedule
DayOpponentTimeTV
7/30Los Angeles Clippers9:00 PMTNT
8/1Toronto Rapters8:30 PMESPN
8/3 Utah Jazz9:00 PMESPN
8/5 Oklahoma City Thunder6:30 PMESPN
8/6Houston Rockets9:00 PMTNT
8/8Indiana Pacers6:00 PMTNT
8/10 Denver Nuggets 9:00 PMTNT
8/13Sacramento KingsTBDTBD
Bubble Preview

The Los Angeles Lakers enter NBA bubble action as the heavy favorites to win it all. The Lakers currently sit atop the Western Conference Standings and with all their core pieces in place, they are primed to make a run to the finals.

At the age of 35, LeBron is still the best player in the league (or at least top 3) and shows no signs of slowing down. A great player like LeBron who gets compared to the widely respected “GOAT”, Michael Jordan, knows that you can’t miss out on an opportunity to get a ring. The Lakers are in as good a situation as they have been in many years and have the star power to bring home a title.

The Lakers are lead by a star studded tandem in LeBron James and Anthony Davis, but in order to win the Finals this year they will need production from their entire roster. We know that “The Brow” and King James will put up incredible numbers as they have all season (see above), but this team has several players that can make it break this years finals run for the Lakers.

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With Avery Bradley opting out of the bubble, Kyle Kuzma is expected to step up big for the Lakers and really become that third star that they have been looking to pair with LeBron and Davis. Also, new editions such as Dion Waiters and JR Smith will be expected to bring a scoring burst right away as we get started in bubble play. It is players like these that can give the Lakers the extra boost they need to get to the finals and win it.

My Bubble Prediction: The King wins his fourth ring.

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