From 2nd to 8th: LeBron-Less Cavs’ Rank, Odds of Winning Plummet
Date Posted: October 16, 2018
The Cleveland Cavaliers enter the 2018-19 NBA Season kicking off today, October 16. Apparently, the team no longer has LeBron James on board following the star player’s signing with the Los Angeles Lakers. Now, the LeBron-less Cavs suffer a major decline in their odds of winning.
Sportsbooks think that with the loss of Cleveland’s former star player, the team will not do well this season. On October 18, the Cleveland Cavaliers are set to play against the Toronto Raptors. UK sportsbook Bethard gives Cavs +525 odds and Raptors -800 odds. Before LeBron’s transfer to Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers ranked second in terms of odds of winning according to the Westgate Sportsbook in Las Vegas. The Cavs had +300 odds and were just behind the Golden State Warriors which had -200 odds. The LA Lakers then ranked eighth with +10,000 odds.
But this season, for the overall championship, the Cleveland Cavaliers ranks 13th with +25,000 odds together with the Dallas Mavericks and the New York Knicks. Meanwhile, the Lakers rank high at fourth spot on Ladbrokes’ sportsbook with +1,100 odds. LeBron’s new team is just behind the Houston Rockets (+800), Boston Celtics (+600), and Golden State Warriors (-175).
Even when sportsbooks are underestimating the Cavs, the team still remains hopeful. Kevin Love, Cavs’ power forward, is now the face of the team after he signed a four-year extension contract with Cleveland. During the Cavs championship win in 2016, Love scored 16 points, 9.9 rebounds, and 2.4 assists.
In an interview with Yahoo Sports, Love still talked about how he felt about the team losing LeBron. He said:
“You know, I feel good. It’s definitely going to be a challenge. It’s definitely going to be a growth year for us. We feel like if we’re in shape, if we play physical, and if we shoot the ball well, we’re going to give ourselves a chance.”
In a separate interview, Love mentions that after losing “the best player in the world,” the team will have to start fresh by placing veteran guys and first-and-second-year guys on the court. The Cavs will bring in their breakout rookie this season, Collin Sexton, as point guard. Sexton made his debut in the NBA Summer League during which he made 15 points and 7 rebounds.