|Sportsbook.com has posted odds on how the odd couple will fare in this new Los Angeles Lakers era. Punters can wager on how many games the team will win, whether the Lakers will win the Pacific Division and how the team will do in its already anticipated match-ups against Shaq and the Miami Heat. |
Sportsbook.com's odds makers are offering an over/under of 45.5 wins for the regular season. That same win total this year would have been enough to get the Lakers into the playoffs, which they missed for the first time in 11 years. Last year the Lakers won only 34 games.
'The return of Phil Jackson to the Lakers will be the story of the season in the NBA,' says Peter Childs, odds maker, Sportsbook.com. 'Los Angeles really struggled last year without Phil Jackson and Shaq, but many people believe Phil has what it takes to get Kobe Bryant focussed and get the Lakers playing winning basketball again.'
The odds of the Lakers winning the Pacific Division are slim, given the competition they'll get from the likes of Phoenix, Sacramento and even the improving Los Angeles Clippers. Risk takers will look at the possible payout however as the Lakers will pay +500 if they beat the odds and win the division.