By KC Smith
Los Angeles has a long and illustrious history when it comes to professional sports. Whether it is basketball, hockey, football, or even soccer, there have been periods in history where teams from L.A. have dominated.
Teams and franchises from the City of Angels enjoyed a fruitful campaign last season. The LA Dodgers won the coveted World Series for the third time in four years, while the LA Lakers got their hands on the NBA Finals trophy for the 17th time in their history.
The upcoming MLS and NFL seasons are in full swing, the NBA season, hopefully, begins on December 22, with the next MLB campaign penciled in for a January 1 start. Several of the world’s best sports books make LA teams favorites for glory, but which team are they?
Stay Clear of the MLS, NFL, and NHL
There was a time when the LA Galaxy were a dominant force in the MLS, but those times are long gone. Galaxy won the MLS Cup in 2002, 2005, then again in 2011, 2012, and 2014.
They finished fifth in the Western Conference in 2019 and made it to the Conference Semi-Finals where they lost to Los Angeles FC 5-3.
This season sees LA Galaxy languishing in 10th place in the Western Conference with only six victories from 22 games. They’re unlikely to reach the playoffs as a result.
Los Angeles FC are in seventh-place, at the time of writing, but only seven points off top spot. Both LA soccer teams have been far too inconstant to warrant any wagers placed on them.
It’s a slightly different story in the NFL where the Rams find themselves second in the NFC West thanks to a 6-3 record. The Rams have crazy tight defence and are 4-0 at home but 2-3 on the road. They’re currently +1600 to win Super Bowl LV, odds which make them seventh-favorites. Save your money because this Super Bowl is going to be won by either the Kansas City Chiefs (+325) or Pittsburgh Steelers (+525).
You should also forget about betting on the Los Angeles Kings winning hockey’s Stanley Cup. They won it in 2011-12 and 2013-14 but have struggled to find form since them.
Last season saw the Kings finish 14th in the Western Conference with a winning percentage of only 0.457. Only the San Jose Sharks (0.450), Ottawa Senators (0.437) and the terrible Detroit Red Wings (0.275) finished with worse records.
It’s easy to see why a Kings Stanley Cup victory is available to back at +6600; only four NHL franchises have longer odds!
Can The LA Lakers and LA Dodger Become Back-to-Back Champions?
The latest NBA futures betting odds are not currently available for the 2020-21 NBA season but we predict the Lakers will be right up there with the favorites.
Lakers were fantastic last season, bulldozing their way to the Pacific Division title and the Western Conference before excelling in the playoffs and the final against Miami Heat. Only the Milwaukee Bucks and Toronto Raptors put up better results.
Should the Lakers win back-to-back finals, it would be the first time they manage it since winning in 2009 and 2010. They have every chance if LeBron James stays fit and continues to defy his 35-years.
We already know the LA Dodgers are +200 favorites to win the 2021 National League and +400 to secure back-to-back World Series. New York Yankees are second-favorites, priced at +700.
The Dodgers were phenomenal during the 2019-20 season; no other team could get close to their results. The season was cut short due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but Dodgers shone through with a 43-17 record for a winning percentage of 0.717.
They sailed through the Wild Card Series and Division Series without dropping a game. Things were a little tighter in the League Championship Series but the Dodger defeated the Atlanta Braves 4-3. This set up a World Series clash against the Tampa Bay Rays that they won 4-2 after victories in game five and six.
Dodgers are definitely a cut above everyone else and probably the best bet to make if you’re having a flutter on LA sports teams this year.