Anthony Davis says Lakers' chances of NBA title higher after break

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Anthony Davis believes the Los Angeles Lakers have a higher chance of winning the NBA championship thanks to the coronavirus-enforced break.

The NBA season is set to resume on July 30 after the 2019-20 campaign was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic in March.

Orlando's Disney World complex will host 22 teams, with LeBron James' Lakers headlining the league's comeback against rivals the LA Clippers on July 30 after the New Orleans Pelicans face the Utah Jazz on the same day.

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The Lakers topped the Western Conference with a 49-14 record prior to the COVID-19 crisis, and Davis feels the storied Los Angeles franchise is primed to claim its first NBA ring since 2010.

"Actually, I think our chances are higher just because we're all rested and we're all ready to go," Davis told reporters via a videoconference call on Thursday.

"If anything, our chances got higher and it's going to be about just who wants it more."

Davis added: "It's been good for me to kind of let some of them lingering injuries I had towards the time when the NBA stopped to kind of recover and heal and get back into the best version of myself.

"I feel 100 percent healthy. Well, I don't feel, I am [100 percent healthy]. I feel like I'm ready. Ready to go."

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The Lakers had gone 8-2 after the All-Star break, with James and Davis leading the way.

Davis was averaging 26.7 points, 9.4 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 2.4 blocks and 1.5 steals per game prior to the postponement.

Lakers head coach Frank Vogel said: "[When] you're on the floor, you have an opportunity to grow and your team has an opportunity to grow.

"When we get to Orlando, it'll be the next step in that process and his journey in this season as a Laker. We look forward to seeing — hopefully the best is yet to come."

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