Las Vegas likes Lakers with LeBron James

By Bob Hille 2 July 2018 9
Las Vegas likes Lakers with LeBron James

Just add LeBron James and — boom! — you're a title contender.

Of course, that's the long-held philosophy in the NBA, and it has played out multiple times.

So it shouldn't be a surprise in the wake of James' signing with the Lakers that Las Vegas suddenly loves L.A.


After news broke Sunday evening that James is headed to Los Angeles, the Westgate SuperBook reopened the Lakers at 9-2 to win next year's title.

The Lakers' odds immediately were trimmed to 7-2 after a "respected wager" quickly came in on the Lakers, according to Westgate assistant manager Jeff Sherman.

Only the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors have better championship odds than the Lakers at the Westgate. The Warriors are odds-on favorites at -110 to three-peat.

The Lakers, before acquiring James, opened at 20-1 at Westgate, which has the Celtics at 7-2 as well, with the Rockets close behind at 7-1 to win it all.

Meanwhile, the Cavaliers, who opened at 30-1 in part on the presumption that James might exit, were adjusted Sunday when that became a reality. Their odds of winning a title, according to the Westgate Sportsbook: 500-1 — same as the Nets and Kings. Ouch.

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