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Los Angeles Franchises Set for Stellar 2019/20 NBA Season?

When it comes to previewing the upcoming season, one of the sharpest ways to analyze the various franchises and their chances of enjoying a successful campaign is by studying the odds supplied by the sportsbooks.

They employ super-advanced stats and data modelling to come up with who they think will sink and who will swim in the year ahead.

And ahead of the 2019/20 term, the bookies are in no doubt: this could be the year that the LA outfits shine.

Both the Clippers and the Lakers are well fancied to go well, despite the fact that the latter didn’t even make it to the playoffs last season and the former were well beaten by the Golden State Warriors in the first round.

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Lakers Turn Up the Defense for 2019 - 2020

After a rollercoaster ride of a season in 2018-2019, the Los Angeles Lakers are making a comeback with a completely retooled super team of young, energetic and talented players. Believe it or not, the Lakers are back among the NBA favorites in the upcoming season of 2019-2020, after nearly a decade of going without a title.

Granted that the Lakers may not bag the prize in 2019, mostly due to their allegedly weak defense, they still have as good a chance as any other team to pull a spectacular game throughout the next season. Remember, this is a team that experienced a series of setbacks and player injuries last year, and right now they have only but a bare-bones roster to begin the approaching NBA season with. But to be fair, the Lakers have got a fighting chance, and they will almost certainly be better at defense than most people would think.

For starters, the Lakers have a stifling defense and they are upping their game. In fact, their defensive strategies might even be the reason they end up winning the NBA Championship. The Lakers have strong defenders like Rajon Rondo, Danny Green and Avery Bradley, who are all known to have made their mark at the perimeter in various NBA All-Defensive Teams in the past.

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FIBA World Cup Proving to be a Positive and Negative for Celtics

The Boston Celtics found themselves in a unique position heading into this year's FIBA World Cup, given that they had a number of key players on the national team roster. And with many of those players sporting key roles within the team, some of their offseason preparation will be done on the international stage rather than with the organization. This experience has led to some interesting positives and negatives for the Celtics, as they look to get back near the top of the Eastern Conference after last year's disappointing showing.

On the positive side, the emergence of Kemba Walker as one of the top players on the Team USA roster will only continue his development as a star in the NBA going forward. Known more for his collegiate heroics than his professional accolades, Walker has been cherishing his role within the national team, with the 29-year-old receiving a large role due to so many star players dropping out of this year's World Cup roster.

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NBA 2k20 Lootboxes

A new ad for NBA 2K20 my Team feature has just been released. It states: "You may as well smoke ‘em if you got 'em".

So, what can you find in the offer? Pachinko is already available with 2K YouTubers army of funs. There are loose slot opportunities which call players to spin the wheel as soon as possible. Make sure to check MyTeam occasions like Token Mania as it provides some basketball too.

Players have expressed a negative opinion about main features: pay to win and loot boxes. It is said that both elements have come across poor reaction of the customers due to unpopularity and profitability. It leads to detailed scrutiny and control performed by regulatory bodies all around the globe. 2K Games, however, still count on these types of gacha games so they didn't "reduce sports franchise reliance on these games".

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NBA Title Hopefuls

As the new NBA season edges closer, social media platforms and fan forums are flooded with predictions and tips. This is an exciting time for basketball fans as we dream about our team winning the championships.

However, if you're using an online NBA tipster this season, make sure that their picks are based on solid intel. It's worth remembering that anyone can post a message online, so make sure they have a solid track record before you start. The last thing we want is for you to lose your money on a terrible selection.

We've compiled the latest stats and figures to bring you a list of the potential NBA champions. However, please bear in mind that this is sport and almost anything can happen. Here's a full rundown of the teams we think will be involved in the playoffs this season.

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The history of NBA referee scandalls

Are the referees really getting worse every year?

Since the revelations that former NBA ref Tim Donaghy had connections to organized crime, and was betting on his own games, accusations of referee bias and outright corruption have reached fever pitch.

This incident was undoubtedly the most significant referee-related scandal ever seen in the NBA. However, there have been other serious events in the league's history that have called the integrity of the sport's officials into question.

What follows is a history of referee scandals in the NBA, going back to the very beginning.

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