Lakers vault back to top off NBA oddsboard after wins over Bucks, Clippers

Lakers forward LeBron James, March 8, 2020 (AP Photo Mark J. Terrill)
Lakers forward LeBron James (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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Coming off a weekend in which they handily beat both the Bucks and Clippers, the Lakers have reclaimed favorite status on the NBA oddsboard at the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas.

For context, the Lakers had already been priced as the championship favorites at many sportsbooks, but ahead of their Friday night home game against Milwaukee, they were listed at +275 odds at the Westgate, tied with Clippers as the second betting choice and behind the +225 Bucks.

After convincing wins by near identical scores over the league’s other top contenders, though, LeBron James and Co. have seen their odds dip below the 2/1 threshold, the SuperBook now dealing 9/5 (+180) for the franchise to win its first title since 2010.

The Lakers (-1.5) beat the Bucks 113-103 on Friday and were 2.5-point underdogs in a 112-103 win over the Clippers on Sunday. Those wins avenged losses earlier this season to each of those teams. In fact, the Lakers have lost twice to their Staples Center co-tenants, surely a reason Kawhi Leonard’s crew was rated higher by some oddsmakers.

The Lakers also put a nose in front of the Clippers on the Western Conference futures board, the former listed at +170 at the Westgate, the latter +175. Here are odds to win the NBA title, per a Monday morning tweet form Jeff Sherman at the Westgate.

Odds to win 2019-20 NBA Championship

Lakers 9/5
Clippers 3/1
Bucks 3/1
Rockets 20/1
Celtics 20/1
Raptors 20/1
Nuggets 25/1
76ers 40/1
Jazz 40/1
Mavericks 40/1
Heat 40/1
Pelicans 50/1
Thunder 100/1
Trail Blazers 100/1
Pacers 100/1
Grizzlies 500/1
Nets 1000/1
Magic 2000/1
Kings 2000/1

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