The delayed 2019-2020 NBA season presents the Los Angeles Lakers’ best chance of winning the title.
The Los Angeles Lakers are in the driver’s seat if the 2020 NBA season were to resume from its current hiatus. The Lakers have the best record in the Western Conference, the second-best in the league behind the Milwaukee Bucks, and made the biggest statement before the league was put on hold by beating the Bucks and Los Angeles Clippers on back-to-back nights.
That is what makes this current hiatus so frustrating from a basketball standpoint. After several years of mediocrity and being high in the lottery, the Lakers finally are not only a playoff team, but a legitimate title contender.
And of course, this was the year that a global pandemic had to happen. The Lakers getting a potential championship-winning season canceled is a much smaller problem than what is happening in the real world, but it is still a tough pill to swallow.
It is even a tougher pill to swallow considering that this year is much more favorable to the Lakers than next year. While the Lakers are still undoubtedly title contenders next season, the odds of winning it all are going to shrink.
Here are the three reasons why the Los Angeles Lakers’ title odds will shrink next season, making this season even more important.