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Lakers are a sizable longshot to win NBA title, oddsmakers say

February 19, 2013|By Eric Pincus
  • Kobe Bryant, shown above with the Clippers' Chris Paul, is given 33-1 odds to be MVP, making him the fourth-most likely candidate. LeBron James is listed as the prohibitive favorite
Kobe Bryant, shown above with the Clippers' Chris Paul, is given 33-1… (Paul Buck / European Pressphoto…)

The Lakers are a sizable longshot to win the 2013 NBA Championship, at least according to the oddsmakers at Bovada.

Currently in 10th place in the Western Conference at 25-29, the Lakers are 25-1 odds to win the title, according to Bovada.  The sports betting firm has the Lakers ninth overall. The Miami Heat are the favorites, with odds of 3-2.

The Clippers are fourth with 15-2 odds to win it all.

The Oklahoma City Thunder are 3-2 favorites to emerge out of the Western Conference and 13-4 odds to finish on top overall.

Despite their position in the standings, the Lakers have the fourth-best odds in the West to advance to the NBA Finals (12-1).  The Clippers are third at 15-4.

The San Antonio Spurs are given a 5-2 chance to get to win the West and 6-1 to capture another title.

Bovada also ranks Kobe Bryant as the fifth-most likely MVP candidate, albeit with 33-1 odds.  LeBron James is listed as the prohibitive favorite

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Email Eric Pincus at eric.pincus@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter @EricPincus.

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