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Bettors have such robust faith in the refortified Lakers that they have placed more wagers on them to win the 2013 NBA title than any other team at nearly a dozen Las Vegas sports books, Times reporter Ben Bolch noted today.
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.
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.
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