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Saturday / January 23.
  • Lakers, Bucks remain heavy favorites to win NBA title

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Will LeBron James and Anthony Davis go back-to-back with the Lakers?

    The odds are in their favor.

    With the NBA season set to start on Tuesday, the Lakers are in pole position at +273

    The reigning NBA champions are followed by Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks at +550. Giannis is coming of signing a five-year, $228-million supermax extension with the Bucks earlier this week.

    “I just want to have kids, being able to raise my kids, and win a championship,” he told reporters. “After that, my life’s complete. I can retire in five years. Nah, I’m joking.”

    Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and the Clippers and Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and the Nets follow with odds of +600 to win the NBA title.

    In TNT’s opening-night doubleheader, Steph Curry and the Warriors visit the Nets (7 p.m. ET) and the defending NBA champion Lakers take on the Clippers (10 p.m. ET).

    Jayson Tatum and the Celtics are in fifth position at +1550.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.