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Howard boosts Lakers' odds
With the four-team trade Thursday night that allowed the Lakers to obtain disgruntled Magic center Dwight Howard, the Lakers have now been elevated to the Western Conference favorite at the LVH Super Book, passing the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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The Heat are still the 9/4 (+225) favorite to win the 2013 NBA Championship, but the Lakers have moved up the ladder drastically over the last five weeks to 3-to-1.

The Lakers had opened at 8-to-1 to win next year's Championship, but were dropped to 5-to-1 following the acquisition of Steve Nash on July 4. Shortly after the Nash deal, amid rumors the Lakers were close to trading for Howard, many Las Vegas sports books dropped the Lakers all the way down to 5-to-2. When the deal looked like it wouldn't happen, the Lakers were moved back up to as high as 5-to-1 at many books.

But now it's official: Dwight Howard is a Laker and the expectations are high.

Here's a look at the LVH updated Odds to win the 2012-2013 NBA Championship:

ODDS TO WIN 2012-2013 NBA CHAMPIONSHIP

HEAT 9/4
LAKERS 3/1
THUNDER 9/2
BULLS 10/1
SPURS 10/1
CELTICS 20/1
PACERS 25/1
NUGGETS 30/1
CLIPPERS 30/1
GRIZZLIES 30/1
76ERS 30/1
MAVERICKS 40/1
KNICKS 40/1
NETS 50/1
HAWKS 75/1
CAVALIERS 100/1
BUCKS 100/1
JAZZ 100/1
BLAZERS 100/1
WOLVES 100/1
ROCKETS 100/1
WARRIORS 100/1
HORNETS 100/1
MAGIC 200/1
KINGS 200/1
SUNS 200/1
PISTONS 200/1
WIZARDS 200/1
RAPTORS 500/1
BOBCATS 1000/1

ODDS TO WIN 2012-2013 EASTERN CONFERENCE

HEAT 5/8
BULLS 9/2
CELTICS 10/1
PACERS 12/1
76ERS 12/1
KNICKS 20/1
NETS 25/1
HAWKS 30/1
BUCKS 30/1
CAVALIERS 50/1
MAGIC 75/1
PISTONS 100/1
WIZARDS 100/1
RAPTORS 250/1
BOBCATS 500/1

ODDS TO WIN 2012-2013 WESTERN CONFERENCE

LAKERS 3/2
THUNDER 11/5
SPURS 5/1
NUGGETS 15/1
CLIPPERS 15/1
GRIZZLIES 15/1
MAVERICKS 20/1
JAZZ 50/1
BLAZERS 50/1
WOLVES 50/1
ROCKETS 50/1
WARRIORS 50/1
HORNETS 50/1
KINGS 100/1
SUNS 100/1

The William Hill sports book operation in Nevada wasted little time in creating odds for the new Lakers in light of their acquisition of Howard. Keeping in line with the posting of hot topic odds that Lucky’s sports book operations were noted for before being one of three books merged into the massive William Hill conglomerate, they posted four timely propositions that will give the public something to debate and wager upon.

William Hill posted three YES/NO props in relation to the Lakers chances at winning the Western Conference and NBA Championship and well as a prop asking whether the Lakers, Heat, or Thunder will win the title. They also posted a season win total number at 57.5.

Lakers to win 2012-13 Western Conference Title:
YES +125
NO -145

Lakers to win 2012-13 NBA Championship:
YES +300
NO -400

Heat, Thunder, or Lakers to win 2012-13 NBA Championship:
YES -360
NO +280

  
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