Yahoo- The Cavaliers are 2-1 favorites at the Westgate, MGM and William Hill books, followed closely by the defending champion Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs. The Los Angeles Clippers and Oklahoma City Thunder are the only other teams with single-digit odds title at most sportsbooks.
The Warriors and Spurs have attracted the most money to win the title at the SuperBook, followed by the Los Angeles Clippers and Chicago Bulls. The Lakers, at 300-1, are next in terms of money wagered.
"Lakers are the only team we have liability in the six figures on," Jeff Sherman, assistant manager and NBA oddsmaker, at the SuperBook said.
Approximately 1.4 times more bets have been placed on the Lakers to win it all than the Cavs.
You know what they say about smart money? It's never gotten anyone stupid fucking rich. Of course the Lakers are a hot commodity in Vegas. Why wouldn't they be? For one, Los Angeles prides itself on irrational confidence and the frivolous disposal of an insanely high income. More importantly, however, 300-1? 300-1! I would throw $5 down on 300-1 odds that I would see a unicorn today. Doesn't mean I think it's going to happen, it just means that it's worth the monetary risk even if I don't. Who wants to bet on the Cavaliers anyway? I don't want LeBron to win. No one outside of Cleveland should invest in LeBron winning. That guy is fucking insufferable. Add in the fact that they have 2-1 odds to win the championship, and they become next to impossible to bet on. The return is minimal AND you don't get the overwhelming sense of satisfaction from picking the underdog. I don't know what kind of person is betting on Cleveland, but I do know I don't want to hang out with them. There's a difference between betting and gambling, and I am going to need the betters to step out on that limb for me one time. Sure, gambling your hard earned dollars on a team as piss poor as the Lakers is the equivalent of setting it on fire, but at least there's no ashes to clean up after the Lakers season goes up in flames. A little luck never killed anyone, but a lot of luck can show you how to live. That $100 you won on the Cavaliers could last an hour, but $30,000 and that fraudulent sense of pride you won on the Lakers could last you a lifetime.