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Potential Howard deal floods Vegas with Lakers money

The Los Angeles Lakers are in the hunt to acquire All-Star center Dwight Howard and the guys in Las Vegas think it’s a good bet Howard will be in a purple and gold uniform in the near future.

The Lakers opened as high as 12/1 to win the 2013 NBA championship but are now 2/1 at the MGM/Mirage. Jeff Stoneback, sportsbook manager for the Mirage, says that he has more tickets on the Lakers to win than the next two most-bet teams – the Miami Heat and Brooklyn Nets – combined.

“We opened the Lakers at 8/1 (to win the title), then moved down to 5/1 after they got (Steve) Nash,” Stoneback told Covers. “We wrote a lot of tickets on them at that price, so we moved down to 5/2 and then moved down again to 2/1.”

It was the same situation at Cantor Gaming, which runs the sportsbooks at multiple properties on and off the Las Vegas Strip.

“They’re the most bet on by far,” Cantor Gaming sportsbook director Mike Colbert told Covers. “Right now we’ve got 270 tickets on the Lakers to win and 77 on the second most-bet team.”

The Lakers are always a popular bet for Las Vegas locals because of the team’s proximity to Nevada. Still, Colbert says this much support unusually high.

Of course that has a lot to do with the Lakers' busy offseason. Los Angeles picked up two-time MVP Steve Nash in a sign-and-trade with Phoenix and it just brought in veteran forward Antawn Jamison, who averaged 17.2 points per game for the Cleveland Cavaliers last season.

But the big elephant in the room is Dwight Howard. If the reports are accurate, the Lakers are the frontrunners to net the disgruntled Orlando Magic player.

“I’d say the Lakers chances of getting Howard are a little better than 50/50,” Colbert said. “Just doesn’t seem like there’s another team that makes sense for him to land with.”

Colbert also said that the Heat would still be the favorite to win the NBA championship even if the Lakers got Howard.

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Posted by kherakhera
2 years ago

half the teams are simply just garbage
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Posted by chopperocker
2 years ago

public squares do funny shit, LOL!!! i dont see any value in locking any percent of bankroll into a 2-1 or even 12-1 future for 11 months when theyre is money to be made each day. interesting, but im not buying.
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Posted by RetainLane
2 years ago

Seems to me Heat money flooded in when they signed Lebron.
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Posted by bizkilla
2 years ago

They still wont beat Miami. Hw in the hell could they possibly defend against Miami.
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Posted by gridironguy
2 years ago

If Dwight does not end up w/the Lakers, then all of those "Lakers to win NBA title" tickets are as good as toilet paper,
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Posted by houseman
2 years ago

I still like Miami being there in finals,,,what a fun matchup it would be! Ratings galore.
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Posted by chanlong0923
2 years ago

People recognized Vegas cheating game. We never have real sport. NBA is a junk...
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Posted by mtrudell
2 years ago

If I can get the field @ anything better than - 350 I would take it.
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Posted by Capper007
2 years ago

Dwight Dwight Dwight, will he ever decide, and why didnt the Magic take the Houston or Nets deal?? Its the last chance at a deal for the Magic before the season! He cant make a free throw and Kobe isnt getting younger! 2/1 seems silly!!!
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Posted by greenr44
2 years ago

I agree just make it an 8 team league then you only watch the best of the best play.
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Posted by mylife23
2 years ago

The NBA has become such a joke. Please eliminate half the teams in the league at this point. They have no reason for even playing a season.
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Posted by mylife23
2 years ago

"The NBA has become such a joke. Please eliminate half the teams in the league at this point. They have no reason for even playing a season."