After a 27-win season, the Lakers are not a favorite to win the NBA title this coming year.
According to gambling website Bovada, the Lakers have just 66-1 odds of winning the championship in 2015.
While the Lakers should certainly be better than they were a year ago with the return of Kobe Bryant, who played in just six games with knee and Achilles injuries, Bovada lists 15 teams with greater odds to win it all.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are tops with 5-2 odds, followed by the reigning champion San Antonio Spurs at 4-1.
With a healthy Derrick Rose, and former Lakers center/forward Pau Gasol, the Chicago Bulls are third with 11-2 odds. The Oklahoma City Thunder (6-1) are favored over the Clippers (12-1).
Also ahead of the Lakers are the Houston Rockets (16-1), Dallas Mavericks (18-1), Golden State Warriors (22-1), Washington Wizards (33-1), Indiana Pacers (40-1), Miami Heat (40-1), Portland Trail Blazers (40-1), Memphis Grizzlies (50-1), New York Knicks (50-1) and Toronto Raptors (50-1).
The Lakers are given equal 66-1 odds to win as the Charlotte Hornets and Brooklyn Nets.
Behind the Lakers are the Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets, New Orleans Pelicans and Phoenix Suns, each with 100-1 odds.
The Minnesota Timberwolves, who just traded Kevin Love to the Cavaliers, have 150-1 odds, followed by the Detroit Pistons and Orlando Magic at 200-1 each.
Bovada gives the Sacramento Kings and Utah Jazz just 250-1 odds while the Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers sit together at the bottom of the list at 300-1.
Lakers rookie power forward Julius Randle is given 7-1 odds to win rookie of the year, behind Milwaukee's Jabari Parker (3-1), Minnesota's Andrew Wiggins (4-1) and Philadelphia's Nerlens Noel (6-1).Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times