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Lakers news: LeBron James betting favorite to win NBA MVP award next season

The 33-year-old has been placed as the betting favorite to win the regular season MVP award for the upcoming campaign.

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LeBron James is set to embark on his first campaign with the Los Angeles Lakers where it will mark the next chapter of his career. 

Ahead of the start of the 2018-19 season, BetDSI has placed James as the favorite to win the NBA MVP award just slightly in front of New Orleans star forward Anthony Davis.

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Although James is heading into his 16th campaign in the league, he is still playing at an elite level that has shown any decline at this point. He is coming off yet another highly productive campaign that put firmly in the MVP conversation 27.5 points on 54.2 percent shooting from the field along with a career-best 9.1 assists and 8.6 rebounds per contest. This saw him finish third in the league in scoring and second in assists.

He also put that on display in the playoffs stepping up as an even more potent scorer as he 40 or more points eight times during the playoffs that tied Hall of Famer Jerry West for the all-time mark in a single playoff run. This included dropping 51 points in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

James is set to head the Lakers where he could make quite a compelling case to earn the MVP award as he could help the team snap a franchise-worst five-year playoff drought along with being able to put together another highly productive campaign. The 33-year-old has plenty of help behind him with a young and talented core group that could help push the team back to relevancy back in the league. 

Beyond that, this has brought more buzz to the upcoming season in Los Angeles as James has a chance to help lead the Lakers to a special year that could see the team reach great heights. This will all begin on next Thursday night on the road against the Portland Trail Blazers. 

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Bob Garcia IV

Staff Writer at Sports Out West
Bob Garcia IV is a sports journalist from Southern California. He's currently the Los Angeles Lakers beat writer for Sports Out West. He is also currently covering the NBA and NFL for ClutchPoints. He was previously the beat writer for LA Rams Report for Scout.com, which is a website dedicated to covering the Rams. Lastly, he was a reporter for the award-winning newspaper, The Daily Sundial, at California State University, Northridge. You can follow him on Twitter, @BGarciaivsports.
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