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September 25, 2012

Yes, that includes the defending champion Miami Heat and the same Oklahoma City Thunder that quickly bounced the Lakers out of the playoffs this year. The Heat has slightly more money bet on it at several sports books but lags far behind the Lakers in terms of number of bets.

Adding the game's best center and a soon-to-be Hall of Fame point guard to a roster already featuring Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol has made many bettors consider the Lakers a (purple and) gold ticket.

Kornegay said the Lakers have "by far the most tickets on them" to win the title at his sports book, where they have drawn more than twice the money to win the title than the Heat. The Lakers have four times as many bets placed on them at MGM Resorts than does the Heat.

This avalanche of wagers on the Lakers turned them into co-favorites to win the title this season, matching the same 9-4 odds as Miami and topping the Thunder's 4-1 odds, according to the Las Vegas Hotel and Casino.

The resurgent Clippers are at 30-1 title odds as they continue to distance themselves from the franchise's days as a triple-digit longshot.

The Times' Lakers-Clippers Google+ hangout airs at 1 p.m. today, on this blog post. If you have a question for Mike or Brad, please email it to sportshangout@latimes.com and they will try to address it during the chat.

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