NBA Lakers with Howard favored to win West

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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.

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. 

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 1/2. 

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

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Odds To Win 2012-2013 NBA Championship 
Heat
9-4
Thunder
9-2
Bulls
10-1
Spurs
10-1
Lakers
3-1
Mavericks
40-1
Celtics
20-1
Pacers
25-1
Nuggets
30-1
Clippers
30-1
Magic
200-1
Grizzlies
30-1
76Ers
30-1
Knicks
40-1
Hawks
75-1
Bucks
100-1
Jazz
100-1
Blazers
100-1
Wolves
100-1
Rockets
100-1
Warriors
100-1
Hornets
100-1
Kings
200-1
Suns
200-1
Nets
50-1
Cavaliers
100-1
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
Magic
75-1
76Ers
12-1
Knicks
20-1
Hawks
30-1
Bucks
30-1
Nets
25-1
Cavaliers
50-1
Pistons
100-1
Wizards
100-1
Raptors
250-1
Bobcats
500-1
Odds To Win 2012-2013 Western Conference
Thunder
11-5
Spurs
5-1
Lakers
3-2
Mavericks
20-1
Nuggets
15-1
Clippers
15-1
Grizzlies
15-1
Jazz
50-1
Blazers
50-1
Wolves
50-1
Rockets
50-1
Warriors
50-1
Hornets
50-1
Kings
100-1
Suns
100-1
c/o LVH
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William Hill Props
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 
YES -360 NO +280 
c/o William Hill
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