NBA Western Conference Futures 2022: Lakers Lose Ground to Warriors, Jazz

  • Los Angeles Lakers (+190) remain the favorites to win the Western Conference, but Warriors (+350) and Jazz (+325) are gaining
  • Denver (+1000) remains an intriguing longshots to win the West
  • Houston’s chances (+50000) have plummeted since the start of the 2021-22 NBSA season

The Los Angeles Lakers were the +190 favorites to win the NBA’s Western Conference at the start of the 2021 season. However, the Lakers are 5-5 at the 10-game point of the season and have dropped to +310. They are still the favorite to win the conference, but the Golden State Warriors (8-1) and the Utah Jazz (7-3) have picked up significant ground on the Lakers.

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2022 Western Conference Odds

Los Angeles Lakers+310+310+270
Utah Jazz+325+325+500
Golden State Warriors+350+350+400
Phoenix Suns+800+800+650
Denver Nuggets+1000+1000+900
LA Clippers+1000+1000+800
Dallas Mavericks+1800+1800+1100
Portland Trail Blazers+2800+2800+3500
Memphis Grizzlies+3300+3300+3000
Minnesota Timberwolves+6600+6600+10000
Sacramento Kings+8000+8000+15000
New Orleans Pelicans+10000+10000+15000
Oklahoma City Thunder+20000+20000+50000
San Antonio Spurs+25000+25000+20000
Houston Rockets+50000+50000+50000

What’s ailing the Lakers?

The Lakers stand at 5-5 in the early going of the 2021-22 NBA season, but for a team that was picked to dominate the NBA this year, the club can’t be happy with the fact that its offense is ranked No. 20 in the league and its defense checks in at No. 14. The club ranks 11th in points per game (110.1), and rebounds per game (45.9) and 10th in assists per game (23.8). As for opponent scoring, the Lakers are allowing an average of 111.3 points per game, which ranks them 27th.

One thing the Lakers can point to for their troubles are injuries. The team has been without Trevor Ariza, Talen Horton-Tucker and Kendrick Nunn all season and LeBron James has missed four games.

The injury excuse will buy the Lakers some grace and time, but if they don’t improve soon, the team will slip from their favored status.

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Golden State Surges

The Golden State Warriors were listed at +550 to win the Western Conference at the start of the 2021-22 season. They’ve cut that to +350 with a strong start and the troubles of the Lakers.

The Warriors have the No. 1 ranked offense and the No. 2 ranked defense in the league. Golden State has delivered, even while Klay Thompsom has been out of action. Thompson is expected to return to practice in November.

Golden State is a team that is playing well together and they will take advantage if the Lakers continue to struggle.

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Is Jazz cooling?

The Utah Jazz, who were +600 to win the Western Conference at the start of the 2021-22 campaign, improved to +325 according to BetOnline. with a 7-1 start. However, the club lost back-to-back games in early November to the Miami Heat and Orlando Magic during a three-game road trip. The loss to the Magic was particularly alarming as the team had a 10-point lead entering the final 12 minutes of the fourth quarter.

Utah has the No. 4 ranked offense in the NBA and the No. 7 ranked defense.

A two game skid is not the end of the world for Utah, but they need to show they can recover from those losses and put them behind them.

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Trent covers UFC and MMA for MTS. He currently covers MMA for MMA Junkie and Forbes. He has also written for Vice, Bloody Elbow, Fight! Magazine, UFC 360, and Narratively among others. He has been involved with MMA since he and some friends threw some money together to purchase the pay-per-view of UFC 1, and the rest is history.