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NBA Championship Odds: Bettors Hammering Lakers to Win NBA Finals

The Lakers, led by Anthony Davis and LeBron James, have been looking incredible recently. With the NBA playoffs inching closer, Kyle Newman is here to break down the recent NBA Championship odds.
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NBA Championship Odds: Bettors Hammering Lakers to Win NBA Finals

With a strong trade deadline and having won two of their last three games, the Lakers look like a competent team again. They’re only two games out of a play-in spot, and with LeBron James and Anthony Davis, the Lakers have a chance to beat any team in a seven-game series. After all, they won a title not that long ago.

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NBA Championship Odds

Over the last seven days, 27.5% of bets have been placed on the Lakers winning the title. That makes them a strong favorite to win the title. Second on the market is the Clippers, who have seen 18.6% of bets. The Celtics are third with 14.7% of bets.

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Of course, the sportsbooks don’t agree, but it’s not as far off as you’d think. The Lakers are given +5500 odds, or an implied 1.8% chance. That’s good for the 10th-best odds on the market, though. It should be noted that they are considerably behind ninth on the market, the Cavaliers, who are given +3000 odds or an implied 3.2% chance.

Anything is possible when you have LeBron James. When you have +5500 odds and LeBron James, bettors are going to flock to you. It shouldn’t be discounted how much the trade deadline helped them, though. In the month of January, the Lakers had 11.3% of bets. Since the trade deadline, that’s jumped from 14.9% of bets. With now 27.5% of bets since the start of the All-Star break. Reshaping their team a the deadline has changed everything in the minds of bettors.

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