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Sportsbook Releases Win Total Prediction For The LeBron James Lakers

LeBron James sweating in a headband.

MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 02: LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat looks on during a game against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Arena on January 2, 2013 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

The Lakers haven't won more 50-plus games since the 2010-11 season. They haven't had a winning record since 2013. This is all going to change now that LeBron James has agreed to a four-year deal with the historic franchise.

How good, exactly, will the LeBron James-led Lakers be next season? 50-plus wins good? 60-plus wins good? NBA Finals good?

Some of this will likely depend on what happens the rest of the offseason. The Lakers are still pursuing a trade for Kawhi Leonard and that move could vault the team from playoff-ready to title favorites.

One sportsbook has released its initial win total projection for the Lakers following the LeBron James news. It's high.

MyBookie has set the Lakers' win total at 62.5 games. A 63-win season would be the Lakers best since 2009, when they won the NBA Finals.

ESPN ran its numbers projections for the Lakers next season, too. It has a good, but more modest total.

"Typically, a team with the Lakers' projected offensive and defensive ratings would win about 52 games, which would figure to put them in the mix for third in the Western Conference. That projection is tempered by the tendency for teams who add a superstar like LeBron to underachieve in their first season as they build chemistry. However, the Lakers can still improve as they fill out their roster by signing minimum-salary players who are better than replacement level," ESPN writes.

Regardless of what happens the rest of the offseason, LeBron and the Lakers figure to be a top-three team in the West in 2018-19. It's tough to imagine them being better than the Warriors or the Rockets unless a move for Kawhi is made. But, LeBron and the rest of the Lakers roster as is could probably finish No. 3 in the conference.