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Lakers open as underdogs (+1.5) in LeBron’s debut vs. the Blazers tomorrow ???? https://t.co/QVLekTyhsS
The Trail Blazers are playing at home and are favored against the Lakers, who finished 15-26 on the road last season. Of course, L.A. made several additions, including James, and expects to finish the year in contention in the Western Conference.
With experienced veterans such as James, Rajon Rondo and JaVale McGee joining a team loaded with young players like Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma, there are plenty of reasons to be excited about this season.
Still, it sometimes takes time to jell as a team. That’s especially apparent if you compare L.A. to a Portland squad that’s already comfortable with one another.
Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum lead a group that earned the No. 3 seed in the West last season and has most of the same players back in 2018-19.
Bettors will have to decide whether continuity and home-court advantage will be more valuable than overall talent in the first game of the year.