Funny thing about the oddsmakers in vegas. No matter how often you see a betting line and think to yourself “No way! They must be crazy!”. I have to place a bet on this. The thought is generally proceeded by you losing your shirt. However, in the off season the same oddsmakers seem to be easing the nerves of Lakers Nation, claiming the Lakers will be odds on favorites to repeat as NBA champs, with or without the services of one Lamar Odom. According to the LA Times;
“Getting [forward Ron] Artest is better than losing Lamar,” said Jay Rood, director of the MGM/Mirage Race and Sports Book. The Lakers signed free agent Artest this month. “The core of that team still is what it is, and as long as you keep Kobe [Bryant] and [Coach] Phil [Jackson], nothing changes.”
The Lake Show is currently an 8-5 favorite to win it all, odds that Lakers Nation can’t help but smile at. By adding their own dose of crazy the Celtics have moved to 3-1, followed by the Cavs 4-1, Magic 13-2 and Spurs at 7-1. When Vegas speaks, I for one listen…so relax, take a breath, and know that whether the Candy Man satisfies our sweet tooth or not, odds are…the Lakers will be just fine.