The Lakers won their record 17th championship to shut out the longest, craziest marketing campaign in NBA historical past Sunday evening. And by Monday morning, eyes had already turned to ready for — and betting on — subsequent season.
Las Vegas has pegged the Lakers to repeat, nearly universally seen as favorites, and the Nets immediately thrust into the realm of respectable contender. That is regardless of the damage historical past of Nets stars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, and issues that Lakers star Anthony Davis can choose out of his contract and refused to commit to staying in Los Angeles.
“I don’t know. I don’t know,” Davis mentioned Sunday evening. “I had a good time in LA this primary yr. This has been nothing however pleasure, nothing however amazement. Over the following couple of months, we’ll determine it out. I imply, I’m not one hundred pc positive, however that’s why my agent is who he’s and we’ll talk about it and determine it out.”
Whereas the Lakers will look towards attempting to retain Davis, the Nets will eagerly anticipate the return of Durant and Irving. Durant didn’t play for the Nets after a June 2019 Achilles rupture, and Irving had his debut marketing campaign minimize brief by shoulder surgical procedure after simply 20 appearances.
Their anticipated returns have the Nets — knocked out within the first around the previous two seasons — projected to succeed in no less than the Japanese Convention Finals, and to face the Lakers within the NBA Finals by some offshore bookmakers.
“I don’t assume anyone’s within the enterprise of enjoying small, proper? We perceive the expertise now we have, we perceive the expectations, we perceive the championship-type mentality,” Nets level guard Spencer Dinwiddie mentioned on Home of Highlights’ “By the Wire” podcast.
“We are also sensible within the sense of, ‘Hey, the whole lot’s a course of, we don’t exit and make ensures.’ However we wish to put our greatest foot ahead, and we imagine in our expertise and wish to win. Clearly there’s no different purpose to do that, to play this sport, workforce up and all that stuff.”
The Nets’ plus-900 to win the title had been the fifth-best odds in keeping with BetMGM. That’s tied for second-best within the East, behind solely the favored Bucks and Giannis Antetokounmpo, the reigning MVP and defensive participant of the yr.
William Hill (plus-850), DraftKings (plus-900) and PointsBet (plus-1000) additionally had the Nets second within the East, whereas one offshore oddsmaker had them at 8-1 favorites to win the East. This regardless of Brooklyn having employed a rookie head coach in Corridor of Fame level guard Steve Nash.
“It’s a novel alternative. It’s an unbelievable roster, it’s an unbelievable household right here on the Nets. They’re clearly at an unbelievable level within the historical past of this group, so the timing is unbelievable, the chance is unbelievable,” Nash upon being employed.
And in subsequent interviews, he confirmed he wasn’t shying away from this ready-made workforce’s title expectations.”
“Nicely, I feel that’s the place we ought to be wanting. I feel now we have the expertise, now we have the tradition. The group has a basis that may compete for the whole lot,” Nash mentioned on ESPN’s “The Bounce.” “I’m not Babe Ruth pointing proper now, however our expectations are excessive.”