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NBA: L.A. Lakers catching up to the Boston Celtics for the Finals

The Los Angeles Lakers odds on winning the NBA Finals have been shortened, Boston Celtics still the favorite.

NBA: L.A. Lakers catching up to the Boston Celtics for the Finals Yet another victory for the Boston Celtics last night against the Cleveland Cavaliers 92-87, but this time they paired the win with LeBron James' milestone - he became the youngest player in NBA history to reach the 10,000 points, after he re-joined the team nursing a first-half ankle injury to score 26 points. Ray Allen netted 22 points and Kevin Garnett scored 18 points with 11 rebounds for the Celtics, who continue to be listed as the favorite basketball team to win the 2008 NBA Finals.

 At the online sportsbook BodogLife the Boston Celtics are listed with odds to win the NBA Championship at 2/1, but competition is coming their way from a surprising place - the Los Angeles Lakers. A little over a month ago the Lakers were sitting on 10/1 odds to win the Finals, but today the bookmaker shortened their odds to 3/1, making the Lakers the second most likely team to win the NBA Championship. The Los Angeles Lakers are playing the Miami Heat tonight and the -13.5 point spread chalk the Lakers speaks volumes on the improvement the NBA team has seen recently. The third spot on the NBA Finals betting sheet is shared by the Detroit Pistons, San Antonio Spurs and the Phoenix Suns, all listed with odds 6/1 to win the 2008 NBA Finals.

 The Los Angeles Lakers are now the favorite to win the Western Conference, as well, with odds on going the distance 2/1. The San Antonio Spurs are close behind, however, paying out on odds 3/1 to win the Conference Championship, followed by the Phoenix Suns with odds 4/1. At the Eastern front, the Boston Celtics are still waste of money with odds to win the Conference at 5/6 (i.e. you have to risk 6 to win only 5). BodogLife is offering 15/8 odds on the Detroit Pistons to win the Eastern Conference and the Cleveland Cavaliers hold odds of 5/1.

 Published on 02/28/2008

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