Despite Dwight Howard joining the Lakers., Vegas odds-makers believe there's a Kryptonite that Superman can't stop.
The Miami Heat.
The Lakers' odds have increased substantially from 7-1 to 3-1 to win the NBA championships, according to RJ Bell of Pregame.com. But that's not enough in the eyes of sports bookies for the Lakers to take their talents to South Beach and leave with the Larry O'Brien trophy. Miami still remains the favorite with 2-1 odds.
"You have the defending champion that is expected to be better with Ray Allen," Bell told The Times in a phone interview. "These two teams play in the Finals, LeBron James is still the best player on the court."
Before Laker fans cry foul for Vegas odds-makers roiled L.A.'s perfectly sunny skies with a thunderstorm, consider what the odds actually mean. A bookmaker's role entails predicting how the public will bet their money, rather than actually assessing whether that prediction will pan out. In fairness, Bell believed the discrepancy between Miami and the Lakers winning the title amounted nothing more than a "modest difference."