The Los Angeles Lakers, with the addition of LeBron James, are suddenly top-tier contenders to win next season’s NBA championship, according to Las Vegas sportsbooks.
After news broke Sunday evening that James is headed to Los Angeles, the Westgate SuperBook reopened the Lakers at 9-2 to win next year’s title.
The Lakers’ odds immediately were trimmed to 7-2 after a respected wager quickly came in on the Lakers, according to Westgate assistant manager Jeff Sherman.
Las Vegas sportsbook operator CG Technology said it took a $5,000 bet on the Lakers at 10-1 on June 13. CG Technology has the Lakers at 3-1.
Bookmaker William Hill U.S. said that twice as much money had been bet on the Lakers as had been bet on any other team at its Nevada sportsbooks. However, in New Jersey, more money had been bet on the Celtics than the Lakers at the William Hill books at Monmouth Park racetrack and Oceans Resort Casino in Atlantic City.
The Westgate was among the Las Vegas sportsbooks that halted betting on the NBA over the weekend as free agency tipped off. Other cheap jerseys books chose to keep taking bets but shortened the odds on the Lakers significantly in advance.
The current odds on the Lakers also reflect the possibility of them landing another big name, including potentially Kawhi Leonard from the San Antonio Spurs.
We have [the Lakers] lower based on anticipated support and the possibility of adding to the roster, Sherman told ESPN in a text message.
Brown is no longer under 30 — his birthday was on Tuesday — but it doesn’t sound like the day is one that carries much significance to his frame of mind.
I don’t pay attention to my age, Brown said, via Jeremy Fowler of ESPN. I’m feeling great, I’m healthy and I’m in great shape. I feel as long as I have that, I can continue to be productive. … Life is all about challenges and working to be the best. You never want to limp away from the game.
Fowler and the Steelers both took Brown’s birthday as a chance to point https://www.jerseyschoose.com/ out that Brown had more catches and receiving yards before turning 30 than Jerry Rice, which illustrates both how productive Brown has been since entering the league and how remarkable it was that Rice caught 1,000 passes for 13,546 yards after his own 30th birthday.
One can’t expect Brown or any receiver to play at the same level for as long as Rice did, but it won’t take too many more years similar to the ones he’s had for Brown to plant himself high on the NFL’s all-time receiving lists.