With or without Dwight Howard, the odds in the Western Conference are on the move. And when everything settles, the favorite at one sportbook might come as a mild surprise.
“The Lakers right now will be the favorites coming out of the West once this Howard situation is all said and done,” sportsbook manager Kevin Bradley told OddsShark.com in an email Friday.
Bradley later added that he’s considering making the Lakers co-favorites with the Oklahoma City Thunder when he re-opens his NBA futures odds.
In the meantime, all eyes are on Houston, where the Rockets have emerged as the favorite to land Howard.
The Las Vegas Hotel & Casino SuperBook trimmed the Rockets’ title odds from 75/1 to 50/1 Thursday night, as reports began surfacing of a potential trade between Orlando and Houston. also dropped the Rockets to 50/1. Bradley said he’d probably make them 25/1 with Howard.
“If the Lakers did not get Steve Nash recently, I would have said Houston would have dropped lower somewhere around 20-1,” Bradley said. “But the Lakers right now will be the favorites coming out of the west once this Howard situation is all said and done.”
The Thunder are 3/1 favorites in the West at the SuperBook, followed by the Lakers at 8/1.
The Nets, who climbed all the way to 10/1 when it seemed like Howard was headed their way, are now 30/1 at the SuperBook.