The Lakers’ breakout participant will probably be…

Anthony Davis. Yes, Anthony Davis is already pretty nicely established, however at simply 26 years previous and extra motivated than ever (whereas taking part in alongside one of the best and most complementary teammate he’s ever had in LeBron James), anticipate an enormous yr from Davis to re-establish him as one of many undisputed greatest participant within the league. He’s already stated he needs to win Defensive Player of the Year, and he’ll seemingly get consideration for that and MVP if he might help the Lakers vault again up the Western Conference standings.

It all goes improper if…

The stuff I stated above doesn’t occur. This Lakers’ roster is fairly questionable if Davis and James don’t complement one another in addition to it seems they’ll, or if both misses important time.

What we’ll be saying concerning the Lakers on the finish of the season…

The on-line discourse concerning the Lakers is normally pretty unbearable, so no matter is being stated, it can most likely be hyperbolic. A workforce with James and Davis is certain to attract a good quantity of sizzling takes in each instructions all season, however to attempt to reply this legitimately, I assume the Lakers gained’t essentially go all out for all 82 video games however enter the playoffs with a ton of upside and develop into the proverbial “team no one wants to play” regardless of not being the highest seed.

Final prediction

Las Vegas is nearly proper on their over-under of 51.5 for the Lakers, because the top-end expertise on this workforce is sweet sufficient to drive a workforce above that, however there are sufficient query marks (like who’s going to play most of their minutes at level guard and Dwight Howard, simply typically) that — at the side of resting Davis and James liberally — will outcome within the workforce going beneath that. The Lakers might win considerably extra video games than Vegas thinks with well being and if all their lottery-ticket roster additions all hit their upside, but it surely’s extra seemingly they coast at instances in an try to remain wholesome, as a result of they’ve larger aspirations than common season document.

Final prediction: 49-33

Harrison Faigen (@hmfaigen)

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