Lakers NBA Title Odds See Considerable Adjustment

Written By Eli Hershkovich on July 3, 2022
Lakers NBA Title Odds

Although the Lakers don’t appear to be involved in the Kevin Durant odds sweepstakes, bettors were still intrigued in their long-term outlook at the start of free agency. So just how much did the Lakers NBA title odds dip at Caesars Sportsbook?

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Details On Lakers NBA Title Odds

Caesars reported that the Lakers NBA title odds tallied roughly 52% of the handle from Thursday at 2:57 p.m. ET (when the Durant rumors tipped off) to Friday at 8 a.m. ET. As a result, their futures shifted from +2200 to +1000. That’s good for the sportsbook’s biggest championship liability and the seventh-shortest NBA title odds, respectively.

Make no mistake about it. The alteration has plenty to do with Nets point guard Kyrie Irving. While the 11-year veteran opted into his $37 million player option with Brooklyn for next season, the league-wide sentiment is that general manager Sean Marks will trade Irving if Durant is dealt as well.

Should that scenario play out, Irving is reportedly interested in teaming back up LeBron James — this time in Los Angeles. The two won the 2016 NBA Finals with Cavaliers, overcoming a 3-1 series deficit against the Warriors as +180 series underdogs.

“He’s (Irving) been telling people he wants to be in L.A., he’s been telling people he wants to wear the same uniform that Kobe Bryant once wore,” ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith said on Thursday.

Oddly enough, Durant and Irving would have played in just 44 games in three seasons as teammates if they go their separate ways. For greater context, Golden State’s Steph Curry and Klay Thompson played 45 games together this year despite Thompson missing half of the season.

With the Lakers NBA title odds adjustment in mind, below are Irving’s “Next NBA Team” odds (via DraftKings). James & Co. are the odds on favorite for his services (-125), which would — in all likelihood — end Russell Westbrook’s stint in Los Angeles. Could Durant also potentially land there in a package?

Kyrie Irving “Next NBA Team” Odds

Game
(Eastern Time)
(EST)
Lakers
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-125
Nets
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+425
Mavericks
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+550
Clippers
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+800
Heat
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+1000
Knicks
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+1200
Bulls
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+1500
Timerwolves
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+1500
Suns
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+1800
Hornets
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+3000
Jazz
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+3000
Trailblazers
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+3000
Pelicans
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+3000
Nuggets
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+3500
Raptors
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+3500
Pacers
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+4000
Bucks
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+4000
Wizards
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+5000
Spurs
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+5000
Kings
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+5000
76ers
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+5000
Grizzlies
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+6000
Warriors
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+6000
Pistons
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+6000
Thunder
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+6000
Hawks
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+6000
Magic
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+6000
Cavaliers
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+6000
Rockets
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+6000
Celtics
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+8000

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Eli Hershkovich is a lead sports betting writer with TheLines and Catena Media, formerly with Audacy and The Action Network. His goal is to provide you with data and information to lead you to winning bets. Eli is an avid college basketball gambler — among many other sports — and still hasn't forgiven Virginia for ruining his 2018-2019 Texas Tech futures.

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