Las Vegas has spoken.
The Los Angeles Lakers, augmented by the additions of Dwight Howard and Steve Nash, and the defending champion Miami Heat are the consensus favorites to lift the 2012-13 championship. The odds vary from book to book, but the — home to Sin City’s largest gambling operation — puts L.A.’s odds at 5-2 and Miami’s at 9-4, followed by Oklahoma City at 9-2.
The Spurs? Either a huge insult or a great value at a paltry 10-1. likes their chances even less, giving them 18-1 behind seven other teams. Take solace, Spurs fans. At least one had Dallas as a 15-1 underdog when it won the championship in 2010-11.