It's a new season and anything can happen. And though the Warriors are the NBA's preseason title favorite, one outspoken individual believes this is the Lakers year.
"I've got a vision for this year," LaVar Ball said on the Flagrant Two podcast. "[The Lakers] are gonna win them 50 games, and they gonna get in them playoffs, and the story that's gonna be for L.A. is Steve Kerr versus Luke Walton. That's gonna be a hell of an L.A. story, because he don't want that matchup. Luke know them tendencies, for that type of team. He knows 'em. And then there's another big story that y'all gonna have: The bigmouth father LaVar said his son was better than Steph Curry -- now let's see!
"If they get them suckers in the Western Conference finals, the Lakers are gonna get them. And when they get to the Finals, my son ain't gonna lose."
The Warriors have top odds at 5/8 to win the title and 4/11 to win the Western Conference, according to sports betting website Bovada.lv. The Lakers have 100/1 odds to win the title -- 12th best in the league -- and 66/1 odds to win the Western Conference -- ninth best.
Lonzo Ball will get his first glimpse of Stephen Curry in game action on Nov. 29 in Los Angeles.