After Lonzo Ball was drafted No. 2 overall by the Los Angeles Lakers in Thursday’s NBA draft, his father, LaVar, wasn’t shy about proclaiming his belief the Lakers would make the postseason in 2017-18.
“Lonzo Ball is going to take the Lakers to the playoffs in his first year,” LaVar told ESPN’s Jeff Goodman.
One Las Vegas sportsbook doesn’t share his confidence.
On Saturday afternoon, the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook opened the Lakers’ odds to make next year’s postseason, putting the “no” at -700 and “yes” at +500. That means a $100 wager on Los Angeles to miss the postseason would win $14.29; a $100 wager on L.A. to make the postseason would win $500.
Minnesota acquired Jimmy Butler in a draft-night deal and opened as a -260 favorite to make the postseason (bet $100 to win $38.46), and +220 to miss (bet $100 to win $220). The Timberwolves went 31-51 in a disappointing first-year campaign under new head coach Tom Thibodeau and have the NBA’s longest playoff drought, having last made the postseason in 2003-04.
The 76ers now have the past two No. 1 overall picks in Markelle Fultz and Ben Simmons, along with Joel Embiid to form another hopeful young core. They opened as slight favorites to make the postseason at -125 (bet $100 to win $80), and +105 to miss it (bet $100 to win $105). Philadelphia hasn’t made the postseason since the 2011-12 season.