Of course, the odds tell a far different story about the Lakers' prospects than their 2018-19 record does. Los Angeles is heavily favored to land New Orleans Pelicans big man Anthony Davis, a six-time All-Star who averaged 25.9 points and 12.0 boards per game last season:
Pairing Davis with four-time NBA MVP LeBron James would make the Lakers formidable regardless of their surrounding talent.
However, a James-Davis Lakers squad would not enjoy a cakewalk to the NBA Finals if the odds are any indication.
There figures to be much more parity and suspense at the top of the league than in past years, when the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors faced off in the NBA Finals four straight seasons.
Of note, the Milwaukee Bucks are 6-1. They'll return likely NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, a transcendent star who should keep his team afloat regardless of his supporting cast.
The 6-1 Los Angeles Clippers could be making moves, as Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported on SportsCenter.
"He came to Toronto with the idea ... this was a very fine one-year way station, and I'm sure exceeded his expectations how they managed him physically to be a Finals MVP again, to win a championship," Wojnarowski said.
"But there was always the risk of him going back west. The L.A. Clippers are at the very top of that list, and I think the Raptors still have work to do between now and June 30 and the start of free agency to keep Kawhi Leonard in Toronto."
Leonard landing in L.A. could lead to an incredible city rivalry next year with the Lakers and Clippers battling for Western Conference supremacy. Until then, the NBA draft is set for Thursday, and free agency begins June 30.