In Main League Baseball, it’s doable for each groups from Los Angeles to fulfill for a championship as a result of the Dodgers are within the Nationwide League and the Angels are within the Junior Circuit. Within the NFL, the Rams and Chargers are in reverse conferences and thus may play in a Tremendous Bowl (and don’t rule that out this season).
Within the NBA, the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers are in the identical division, so the deepest they might meet within the postseason is the Western Convention Finals. Are you conscious that within the groups’ 34 seasons collectively within the Metropolis of Angels that they not solely have by no means confronted off within the playoffs however by no means even each been top-four seeds in the identical postseason?
Barring main damage, each these droughts may nicely finish subsequent spring.
No query that the Lakers and Clippers have been two of the largest winners of a very wild NBA offseason and they’re the 2 title favorites on the up to date NBA championship odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com with the Clippers at +300 and the Lakers at +400. With the breakup/damage problems with the Golden State Warriors, the street to the Western Convention title clearly goes by means of the Staples Heart.
The Lakers struck out on touchdown Kawhi Leonard however have been in a position to commerce for All-Star large man Anthony Davis whereas including the likes of Avery Bradley, Danny Inexperienced and former All-Star heart and one-time Davis teammate DeMarcus Cousins in free company. Suppose it’s truthful to say that LeBron James won’t miss the playoffs for a second straight 12 months barring damage.
The Clippers surprised everybody over the weekend by not solely touchdown Leonard however buying and selling a historic variety of future first-round draft picks to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder for All-Star ahead Paul George. Leonard personally recruited George to push the Thunder for a commerce – each guys are natives of the Los Angeles space. That deal additionally price the Clippers a very good veteran in Danilo Gallinari and promising younger participant Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, however it was a no brainer transfer.
Some experiences have been that if the Clippers didn’t land George that Leonard was going to signal with the Lakers and provides them top-of-the-line trio of gamers on one crew in league historical past. A Lakers dynasty could be unhealthy enterprise for the Clippers in lots of regards. Now they’re each powerhouses. The Clippers have by no means even reached the convention finals.
No query the largest loser this offseason has been the defending NBA champion Toronto Raptors as they couldn’t persuade Leonard to re-sign. The Dinos should still make the playoffs within the weaker Japanese Convention however doubtless might be remembered as one-hit wonders. Toronto is +2000 to repeat at on-line betting websites.
The Milwaukee Bucks (+500 to win title) and Philadelphia 76ers (+800) seem like the category of the East on these NBA odds. Each misplaced to the Raptors on this previous season’s playoffs, with Philly blowing a 2-1 collection lead and Milwaukee gifting away a 2-Zero collection benefit. Toronto’s loss is now their achieve.
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