2022-23 NBA betting preview — The case for the Lakers under 44.5 wins

The 2022-23 season is fast approaching and our betting experts have got you covered. Over the next two weeks, we’ll take a look at how we approach some of the top teams in the league and provide some best bets for the future before the season tips off.

Sports betting insider Doug Kezirian gives his thoughts on best case, worst case and betting analysis for Los Angeles Lakers.

All odds from Caesars Sportsbook

NBA betting preview

Thursday: The case for Boston Celtics and Golden State Warriors
Friday: The case for Brooklyn Nets and Milwaukee Bucks
Monday: The case for Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Lakers
Tuesday: Who should bet for MVP
Wednesday: Bets win totals and prizes
October 17: Social media and betting
October 18: NBA title odds and favorites

Best case scenario: LeBron James is a thoroughly great and basketball savvy. If healthy, he has the mental and physical skills to guide this team to a postseason berth and possibly win a title. Yes, he’s 37 years old and the Lakers missed the playoffs last season, but they’re also two years away from winning a championship. The health and durability of Anthony Davis will dictate their success, but his ceiling is still pretty special.

Worst Case: Health derailed the 2021-22 campaign, but even when the Lakers’ “big three” played together, they were ineffective. In those 21 games, the Lakers were just 11-10. And when they were on the field together, the net rating was -3.5. That doesn’t bode well for this season, even with a new head coach and a new system.

The bet: Lakers under 44.5 wins

Betting Spin: I would play under 44.5 wins. Because of the All-Stars’ age and recent propensity for injury, the margin for error is just too narrow. On top of that, the Western Conference is incredibly competitive. I believe there is a scenario where things break down and they make a deep run, but I’d rather play the percentages.

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