Lakers 2019 NBA Playoffs Odds: LeBron and Crew Are Nearly Out After Clippers Loss

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  • For the rest of the season, we're tracking everything you need to know about LeBron James and the Lakers' chances of making the 2019 NBA playoffs.
  • Below you'll find LA's current betting odds to make the playoffs, standings, tiebreaker scenarios and more.

The Lakers added LeBron James in July and never thought they’d be where they are now. After surging to fourth in the West and beating the Warriors on Christmas, the team fell apart as James got hurt and the young squad went into the tank.

Following a prolonged drama involving Anthony Davis trade rumors and a major ankle injury to Lonzo Ball, the Lakers find themselves battling just to get in the door for the postseason.

This post will update every day with the latest information you need to know about the Lakers’ postseason chances, including current betting odds from Westgate, tiebreaker scenarios and more.

Jump to: Current Playoffs Odds | Current Standings | Tiebreakers |
Playoffs Projections | Upcoming Schedules | 2012-13 Lakers Comparison
 

Last updated: 3/5/19

Current Lakers Playoffs Odds

Currently off the board

3/4: Yes (+600), No (-900)
3/3: Yes (+600), No (-900)
3/2: Yes (+240), No (-300)
3/1: Yes (+170), No (-200)
2/28: Yes (+150), No (-180)
2/27: Yes (+225), No (-275)
2/26: Yes (+300), No (-400)
2/23: Yes (+200), No (-250)
2/22: Yes (+115), No (-135)


Current Standings: Race for the 8-Seed

  • 7th: Clippers, 37-29 (56.1% win rate)
  • 8th: Spurs, 36-29 (55.4% win rate)
  • 9th: Kings, 32-31 (50.8% win rate)
  • 10th: Lakers, 30-34 (46.9% win rate)
  • 11th: Timberwolves, 29-34 (46.0% win rate)


Lakers Tiebreaker Situations

In a two-team tie, the following rules will break the tie:

1) Better head-to-head record

  • Lakers vs. Clippers: Clippers lead 2-1, one game remaining
  • Lakers vs. Spurs: Spurs win tiebreaker 3-1
  • Lakers vs. Kings: Lakers lead 2-1, one game remaining
  • Lakers vs. Wolves: Wolves win tiebreaker 3-1

2) Division winner

  • Clippers: 8.5 games back in the Pacific Division
  • Spurs: 3 games back in the Southwest Division
  • Kings: 12 games back in the Pacific Division
  • Wolves: 13 games back in the Northwest Division
  • Lakers: 14.5 games back in the Pacific Division

3) Better win rate within division (if teams are in same division)

Lakers are in the Pacific Division with the Clippers and Kings. Win rates…

  • Clippers: 11-3 (78.6%)
  • Kings: 3-11 (21.4%)
  • Lakers: 7-6 (53.8%)

4) Better win rate in conference games

  • Clippers: 24-20 (54.5%)
  • Spurs: 26-19 (57.8%)
  • Kings: 17-24 (41.5%)
  • Wolves: 18-22 (45.0%)
  • Lakers: 21-22 (48.8%)

5) Better win rate against playoff teams in own conference

For now, we’ll use the top-six teams in the West.

  • Clippers: 6-11 (35.3%)
  • Spurs: 8-9 (47.1%)
  • Kings: 5-13 (27.7%)
  • Wolves: 6-8 (42.9%)
  • Lakers: 7-9 (43.8%)

6) Better win rate against playoff teams in opposite conference

For now, we’ll use the top-five teams in the East.

  • Clippers: 2-5 (28.6%)
  • Spurs: 4-4 (50.0%)
  • Kings: 2-5 (28.6%)
  • Wolves: 1-7 (12.5%)
  • Lakers: 2-5 (28.6%)

7) Highest point differential

  • Clippers: +0.9
  • Spurs: +0.7
  • Kings: -1.2
  • Wolves: -0.4
  • Lakers: -1.4


Projections to Make Playoffs

The following projections are the probability for the Lakers to make the postseason…

  • FiveThirtyEight: 2%
  • Basketball-Reference: 0.1%
  • ESPN: 0.1%


Upcoming Schedules

Los Angeles Clippers

  • 3/8: vs. Thunder
  • 3/11: vs. Celtics
  • 3/12: vs. Blazers

San Antonio Spurs

  • 3/6: at Hawks
  • 3/10: vs. Bucks
  • 3/12: at Mavericks

Sacramento Kings

  • 3/6: vs. Celtics
  • 3/9: at Knicks
  • 3/11: at Wizards

Minnesota Timberwolves

  • 3/5: vs. Thunder
  • 3/6: at Pistons
  • 3/9: vs. Wizards

Los Angeles Lakers

  • 3/6: vs. Nuggets
  • 3/9: vs. Celtics
  • 3/12: at Bulls


Comparison to 2012-13 Lakers

  • 2012-13 Lakers at 64 games: 33-31, finished 7th at 45-37
  • 2018-19 Lakers at 64 games: 30-34, currently 10th
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