The Los Angeles Lakers survived a wild ending in Game 4 against the Golden State Warriors. Now, the Lakers are up 3-1, and it took a Lonnie Walker IV outburst, as well as a stellar defensive stand from Anthony Davis, to get the job done.
With LeBron James’ team one win away from the Western Conference Finals, the betting odds have shifted drastically. As a result, the Lakers have surpassed the Denver Nuggets and Phoenix Suns for the NBA Finals title, per FanDuel.
Boston Celtics: +165
Los Angeles Lakers: +400
Denver Nuggets: +440
Phoenix Suns: +650
The favorite matchup, as of now, is a Celtics-Lakers showdown.
A few games ago, it remained iffy. The Warriors clobbered LA in Game 2 by 27 points, and it suddenly seemed as if the momentum shifted toward Golden State.
However, the Lakers won both games in LA and now have a shot to move to the WCF with a Game 5 victory in San Francisco on Wednesday.
The Lakers have responded in a big way, and the defensive effort of Anthony Davis is a big reason why. Those talks got even bigger when he clamped down Stephen Curry down the stretch in Game 4, and the NBA All-Defensive teams were released with Davis nowhere to be found.
The Nuggets and Suns series is tied at two games apiece, but the Lakers can clinch a trip to the WCF with a victory on Wednesday night on the Warriors’ home floor. A lot can change, but the odds have shifted to the purple and gold for the time being.
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