Lakers Most Likely Will Win It All

In terms of probability, the Lakers have more chances than the Celtics have. I’m sorry for those of you who are rooting for C’s but, just have a look at history!

The Boston Celtics are 2007-2008 regular season champs with a 66-16 W/L record while Lakers had the third-best record in the league. Could regular season champs win the title in the same season? I have looked at previous 30 years and here’s what I found briefly:


CORRECTION: The Spurs were the 2002-2003 regular season champs although the Mavs had the same regular season record. Since San Antonio won the title in same year, regular season champs could not win the title for four years.

I’m deeply sorry for disinformation. Kudos to my careful readers!


    Regular Season Champions are NOT Regular Season Champions are  
    the Playoffs Champions the Playoffs Champions  


Last 7 years

6 times

1 time



Last 10 years

6 times

4 times



Last 20 years

12 times

8 times



Last 30 years

18 times

12 times



  • Regular season champs could not win the title for 4 straight years.
  • In last 10 years; Lakers, San Antonio (twice) and Chicago teams have won both of the regular season championship and playoff championships. Probability: 40%
  • In last 20 years, 8 out of 20 regular season champs have done it in post season and won the title with a 40% probability
  • In last 30 years; regular seasons champs are 12-18 (40%) in the postseason when it comes to getting the title


Season Regular Season Champion Playoffs Champion
2007-08 Boston Celtics ?
2006-07 Dallas Mavericks San Antonio Spurs
2005-06 Detroit Pistons Miami Heat
2004-05 Phoenix Suns San Antonio Spurs
2003-04 Indiana Pacers Detroit Pistons
2002-03* San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks San Antonio Spurs
2001-02 Sacramento Kings Los Angeles Lakers
2000-01 San Antonio Spurs Los Angeles Lakers
1999-00 Los Angeles Lakers Los Angeles Lakers
1998-99 San Antonio Spurs San Antonio Spurs
1997-98 Chicago Bulls, Utah Jazz Chicago Bulls
1996-97 Chicago Bulls Chicago Bulls
1995-96 Chicago Bulls Chicago Bulls
1994-95 San Antonio Spurs Houston Rockets
1993-94 Seattle Supersonics Houston Rockets
1992-93 Phoenix Suns Chicago Bulls
1991-92 Chicago Bulls Chicago Bulls
1990-91 Portland Trailblazers Chicago Bulls
1989-90 Los Angeles Lakers Detroit Pistons
1988-89 Detroit Pistons Detroit Pistons
1987-88 Los Angeles Lakers Los Angeles Lakers
1986-87 Los Angeles Lakers Los Angeles Lakers
1985-86 Boston Celtics Boston Celtics
1984-85 Boston Celtics Los Angeles Lakers
1983-84 Boston Celtics Boston Celtics
1982-83 Philadelphia 76ers Philadelphia 76ers
1981-82 Boston Celtics Los Angeles Lakers
1980-81 Philadelphia 76ers Boston Celtics
1979-80 Boston Celtics Los Angeles Lakers
1978-79 Washington Bullets Seattle Supersonics
1977-78 Portland Trailblazers Washington Bullets


*: Mavericks and Spurs finished the 2002-2003 regular season with identical records (60-22) but the Spurs had the tiebreaker over Mavs.