Lakers Favored to Win NBA Championship After Anthony Davis Trade

The Los Angeles Lakers traded Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and three first round picks, including the No. 4 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft to the New Orleans Pelicans for star center Anthony Davis.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski explained how the deal benefits both teams:

"Monster haul for David Griffin and the Pelicans. They maximized the AD trade without needing a third team. History of Griffin deals typically include strong pick protections, which could made trade even better. And now, LeBron gets his second star in LA. Here we go."

Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium recently explained that the Lakers and Knicks were Davis' "two desired long-term destinations." The Knicks were reportedly hesitant to trade "significant assets" for Davis, which helped the Lakers land him.

The Pelicans won the draft lottery and they're expected to take Zion Williamson with the first overall pick and pair him with the fourth overall pick they just got from the Lakers, building a new young core with them and Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart.

The Lakers are incredibly thin on depth after trading most of their young core for Davis but he's clearly a transcendent talent and they went from +1000 odds to win the 2019-20 NBA Championship at Jazz Sports to +250 favorites after the blockbuster deal.

Odds to Win the 2019-20 NBA Championship
(Courtesy of Jazz Sports)

Los Angeles Lakers +250

Toronto Raptors +300

Golden State Warriors +300

Milwaukee Bucks +300

Houston Rockets +500

Los Angeles Clippers +700

Philadelphia 76ers +700

Boston Celtics +1200

Brooklyn Nets +1200

Denver Nuggets +1800

New York Knicks +1800

Oklahoma City Thunder +2500

Utah Jazz +3000

Portland Trail Blazers +3000

Dallas Mavericks +4000

San Antonio Spurs +5000

Indiana Pacers +6000

New Orleans Pelicans +8000

Orlando Magic +10000

Atlanta Hawks +10000

Chicago Bulls +10000

Sacramento Kings +10000

Memphis Grizzlies +10000

Minnesota Timberwolves +10000

Cleveland Cavaliers +10000

Charlotte Hornets +10000

Detroit Pistons +10000

Miami Heat +10000

Phoenix Suns +10000

Washington Wizards +10000

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