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Lakers Odds to Win NBA Title Plummet After Game 1 Loss to Trail Blazers

Max Staley
Los Angeles Lakers' odds to win the NBA Finals have plummeted.
Los Angeles Lakers' odds to win the NBA Finals have plummeted. / Pool/Getty Images

It may be time to hit the panic button in Los Angeles. The Lakers went 3-5 in the NBA Bubble, getting outscored by an average margin of 7.0 points per game (PPG) during that span. Most fans and analysts alike assumed the team would just turn it on when the NBA Playoffs began, but that certainly didn't happen last night.

Los Angeles lost Game 1 to the Portland Trail Blazers, 100-93. That loss has caused the Lakers' odds to win the NBA Finals to plummet, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

Lakers Finals Odds

The Lakers are now available at +500 to win it all. They've maintained their grasp on the third-best NBA Finals odds, but it's still a huge drop from where they were on Monday (+320).

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Clippers and Milwaukee Bucks (who were also upset in Game 1) are now tied for the best odds at +260. There's still a pretty solid drop-off after that top three, with the Toronto Raptors checking in at +950 followed by the Houston Rockets (+1000) and Boston Celtics (+1400). But the gap between the Lakers and the rest of the field is simply not what it used to be.

There's a chance the NBA Finals race is more wide open than previously thought.

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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.