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Loss Angeles: Lakers Struggling to Meet Expectations

Lakers continuing to fall short of expectations

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With a record of 27-34 right now, the Los Angeles Lakers have been doing a whole lot of losing. After dropping another close game to the Mavericks on Tuesday night, it showed how little progress they have made through their struggle. Anthony Davis not playing does not make it any better for them, but injuries have piled on and lead to a tough year.

On the first of November, at Tipico, the Lakers were +135 favorites to win the Pacific Division. They are now tied with the Clippers, odds at +50000. The Suns and Warriors have looked to be eons ahead of L.A. for much of this season, and barring a drastic turn of events, they will finish well out of first.

They had +400 odds to win the NBA title. And right now, they are tied for the 13th-best odds at +4000, with the Mavericks team that just defeated them. They won it all with a veteran-laden roster in the bubble. But the one they have right now is far different, and things have just not meshed well.

They were conference favorites at +210, bringing in Russell Westbrook and several other guys with playoff experience. Today, on March 2nd, they are +1500 to win the West, tied for the sixth-best odds. And even that is a little generous, given that they have dropped seven of their past 10 games, and continued to slide.

LeBron James has been a winner for most of his NBA career. He went to eight straight NBA Finals from 2010-2018. He has been there 10 times overall and won four of them. The team got bounced by Phoenix in the first round a season ago, marking the first time in James’ career not making it out of the first round when getting to the postseason.

Additionally, he hadn’t lost before the Finals in the playoffs since 2010, the end of his first tenure with the Cavaliers. This is new for him, as he continues to break NBA records in his nineteenth season on an individual level.

As long as they can at least win a few games, the Lakers will (again) find themselves in the play-in tournament. And with Anthony Davis likely back on the court by then, anything can happen.

But the dramatic odds shift they have gone through are not generally the norm. With Westbrook, James, and Davis, time will tell if the team can figure it out. Time to see if they can drop the second "S" in LOSS Angeles.

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by Danny Scaramella - Tipico

BETFTW! On Site Divisional Round

Lorenzo's Locks: Divisional Round Games

The Green Bay Packers are coming off their first round bye and are the healthiest they have been all season long. Aaron Rodgers is surgical at home, especially when coming off a bye. Now although the 49ers have been red-hot in recent play, their two best defenders, Bosa and Warner, were injured vs the Cowboys and may be slowed down against Green Bay. The Packers also went 7-1 against the spread this season at home. Lorenzo is locking in the Packers and the spread. Onto the AFC, Lorenzo likes the Buffalo Bills in an upset. Buffalo played their most complete game of the entire season last week against New England. The Bills have been clicking on all cylinders and are 4-1 against the spread over their last five. Their offense is comparable with Kansas City's and Buffalo has the edge on defense. The Chiefs have been unreliable at home, while the Bills excel on the road as underdogs. Lorenzo is locking int the Bills to win and to cover the spread. The Los Angeles Rams vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers has everything in the making for an offensive showdown. Tom Brady knows how to pick apart defenses and with the Rams electric offense, Lorenzo sees this game as a shootout. In week 3, the Rams beat the Bucs and 58 points were scored. Although Lorenzo likes the Bucs in this matchup, he is locking in the OVER in total points scored.

BETFTW! On Site Wild Card Weekend

The AFC Wild Card game on Saturday, January 8th features the New England Patriots traveling to Buffalo to take on the Bills. We all remember what happened the last time these two faced off in Buffalo. New England has cooled down after their mid-season hot streak, winning only one of their last four, including a Week 18 loss to the Miami Dolphins. This season, New Englands holds a better record against the spread than the Buffalo Bills. Bills beat reporter Sal Maiorana highlights the rubber match and game three between these two teams this weekend. Weather will continue to be a factor in their matchups. This has the chance to be one of the coldest games in Bills and Patriots history, and even close to league history. Wind chills are expected to be 10 to 15 degrees below zero. So who will this favor? The Patriots took advantage of the wind in their first matchup against Buffalo and pulled off the win. Then Buffalo's offense took control and came out with a win in Foxboro. If the wind is manageable, Maiorana expects a great game for Josh Allen. Josh Allen is the X-factor. The last time these two teams faced, Allen lit up the Patriots for three touchdowns and over 300 yards. If the Bills can contain the running game and make Mac Jones be a true quarterback, Maiorana thinks Buffalo can handle their business and move on to the divisional round.

By Danny Scaramella - Tipico

Lorenzo's Locks: Wild Card Weekend

The Playoffs are here and Lorenzo isn't taking any chances against Tom Brady. The Bucs continue to have one of the top scoring offenses in the NFL, with Tom Brady locked in. The Eagles have also been hot as of late, closing out the season winning six of their final eight games, but the competition they played was incredibly weak. Some of their wins came against the Jets, Giants, and two against Washington. The Eagles secondary is also weak and Tom Brady will look to expose their defense. Since Brady joined Tampa Bay, the Bucs are 9-5 against the spread at home. Lorenzo likes the Bucs winning and covering the spread. The hottest team in the NFC down the stretch, may have been the 49ers. In their final 11 games, San Francisco went post an 8-3 record in wins and against the spread. Although Dallas likes to establish the run early, the 49ers are built to stop the run. Their pass-rush generated 24 sacks in the last six games of the season and will look to pressure Dak Prescott early. If the 49ers can avoid turnovers, Lorenzo sees them covering the spread and upsetting the Cowboys in Dallas. Finally, a divisional matchup to play each other for the third time this season. The Rams face the Cardinals with two electric offenses taking the field. The Rams have showed inconsistencies with their superstar lineup and haven't lived up to their expectations. The Cardinals are great on the road as underdogs and Lorenzo sees this game coming down to the wire and decided by less than a field goal. He predicts the Rams to win, but the Cardinals to cover.

By Danny Scaramella - Tipico


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