Lakers-Blazers Betting Preview: Is There Value on LeBron as an Underdog?

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But the Lakers have also surrounded the three-time National Basketball Association champion with veterans Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson, Michael Beasley and Javale McGee.

We go over Kevin Durant possibly coming to LA next offseason and the interesting story that not many players want to come to LA to play with LeBron.

James, who in July signed a four-year, $154 million contract with the Lakers, joins a roster that includes promising but untested players like 20-year-old Lonzo Ball, 21-year-old Brandon Ingram and 23-year-olds Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart.

"It's a team that didn't make the playoffs last year but is definitely going to make the playoffs because you know what he's done the last eight years he's been in the East".

"They are going to have a lot of internal conflict", said Barkley, who is now an analyst for broadcaster TNT.

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On the contrary, I fully expect the Lakers to hit some bumps in the road before things start to smooth out a bit as we get further into the season and figure out how to integrate the new faces.

James made the move from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Lakers earlier in the summer and will make his debut tonight against the Portland Trail Blazers. While I do have some concerns regarding three-point shooting and size, I think this team has all the tools to be successful. But once they get comfortable playing with each other I think they are going to be one of the best teams in the West. "They are not going to beat Golden State or Houston", he said.

Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton plans to utilise a deep rotation in 2018-19.

The Lakers will open their season against the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday.

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