– The Los Angeles Lakers are motivated by the $500,000 cash prize for winning the NBA in-season tournament
– The Lakers have the sixth-shortest odds to win this season’s championship
– The Lakers hold a 77.9% chance to make the knockout phase and a 68.1% probability to win the group
Rui Hachimura & Anthony Davis said in-season tourney games feel a bit different. The $500K prize helps.
AD: “500 sound real good. It’s gonna bring that juice…I heard one of our players like, ‘We beat Phoenix, that’s one step closer to this 500!’… So that’s a little extra…
— Michael Corvo (@michaelcorvoNBA)
Los Angeles Lakers center Anthony Davis recently expressed his enthusiasm for the $500,000 cash prize for winning the NBA In-Season Tournament, saying, “$500 [thousand] sounds real good to us. It’s going to bring that juice, you know what I mean?” This added motivation has been felt by the team, with one player remarking after a win that they were “one step closer to this $500! I’ve never had that before,” showcasing the impact of this prize on the Lakers’ mindset.
According to Anthony Davis, the enticing cash prize is motivating everyone within the team to give their best effort to win the NBA In-Season Tournament. The Lakers currently hold the sixth-shortest odds to win this season’s 2024 championship, but they more favorably hold the fourth-best odds for winning the NBA In-Season Tournament when referring to a few NBA betting sites.
After their victory against the Memphis Grizzlies, Los Angeles Lakers improved to 5-0 at home and 2-0 in tournament play, with a 77.9% chance of making the knockout phase and a 68.1% probability to win the group according to ESPN’s database. In the event that the Lakers fall short of winning the in-season tournament, runners-up receive $200,000, with losing players in the semifinals and quarterfinals also receiving cash prizes.
In their third in-season tournament matchup, the Lakers will be facing the Portland Trail Blazers this Friday. Per ESPN’s Basketball Power Index, L.A. has a 68.9% chance of defeating the Trail Blazers. The Lakers will surely be looking to capitalize on this opportunity to further their journey to winning the NBA In-Season Tournament and claiming the enticing $500,000 cash prize.