We’re barely a week into the season so thinking about this kind of thing seems stupid, but Bovada posted this prop so let’s take a look at it. Rooting for someone to lose their job is kind of gross, but this is the NBA and it’s a business. Winning is the only thing that matters to some teams and even if it’s not the coach’s fault, someone has to go. These guys still get paid on their contracts if they are fired and there are always more opportunities out there for some with NBA coaching experience. So let’s take a look at the odds.
How many wins is this the best player on earth worth? That is the question when it comes to the 2019 Los Angeles Lakers. This team won 35 games last season and has a win total of 49.5 wins this season. You could say they probably could’ve won a few more games as they engaged in some light tanking towards the end of the season (2-5 in April with their lowest points per game average of any month), but this is probably at most a 38-win true talent level team that is now being expected to win 12 more games to hit the over. That is quite the story and it’s easy to see why LeBron James is the MVP favorite right now. If he did that, he truly would be the most valuable player in this league.
The NBA Division Odds are out and we already covered the Eastern Conference division odds, now we’ll tackle the West. Last year we saw the Rockets and Warriors almost laughably win their divisions. The Warriors had a 16-game advantage over the second place team and the Rockets had 17-game advantage over the next best team. Those two divisions don’t look to change much, but the Northwest is a different story. Only two games separated the first and fifth place team in this division last year and that will likely happen again this year. Let’s take a look.