Los Angeles Lakers Are Popular Bet in Las Vegas Despite Long Championship Odds

October 26th, 2015 by Kyle Newport Leave a reply »

If the average fan had to put money on either the Cleveland Cavaliers or the Los Angeles Lakers to win the NBA title this season, the majority would ride with the Cavaliers.

However, Las Vegas bettors are going with the underdog.

According to David Purdum of ESPN.com, the Lakers are among the most popular bets in the NBA. Of course, that's likely because they are at 300-1 odds. Those odds indicate that it's a long shot that the team will be the last one standing, but that also means that there's potential for a huge payout.

Here are the teams attracting the most money at the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas, per Purdum:

Golden State Warriors San Antonio Spurs Los Angeles Clippers Chicago Bulls Los Angeles Lakers None of the teams in the top five is overly surprising—until you see the second Los Angeles team. Most fans would expect to see teams like the Cavaliers or the Houston Rockets on that list, not the Lakers. But again, it's all about the odds.

"You get more sharp play on the season wins, betting the Lakers under," SuperBook assistant manager and NBA oddsmaker Jeff Sherman ...

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