The LeBron Effect: Sportsbooks bracing for big L.A. handle
The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook opened the Lakers at 20-1 to win the 2018-19 NBA title based on the possibility of signing James, and currently lists them at 5-1 (third-best odds). It has received more bets on the Lakers than on any other team. In the East Coast market, William Hill books in New Jersey have received more bets on the Boston Celtics, but the Lakers are still second. But those odds are reflective of the liability the SuperBook has on the Lakers, more than Los Angeles' actual odds of winning a title.
"True odds for Lakers winning with this team are probably 15-1," head Westgate oddsmaker Ed Salmons told ESPN in a text message.