Saying Vegas doesn't know something about gambling is like saying Stephen Hawking doesn't know something about physics. Not very likely, even when you think something is obviously wrong.
But I can't help but argue with the men behind some of Vegas' biggest sports books… who currently have the Lakers installed as the favorites next year… and will keep them there no matter what happens with Lamar Odom.
Rood, director of the MGM/Mirage Race and Sports Book. The Lakers
signed free agent Artest this month. "The core of that team still is
what it is, and as long as you keep Kobe [Bryant] and [Coach] Phil
[Jackson], nothing changes."
Don't these guys understand his pattern of crazy behavior?
it'll just be a wash," said Jay Kornegay, executive director of the Las
Vegas Hilton's Race and Sports book, which has the Lakers as the 2-1
favorite over the 3-1 Cavaliers and 5-1 Celtics
I guess not. The good news here is… now is a good time to throw a little cash on the C's. 5-1? I'll drop a c-note on that. The MGM/Mirage has the C's at 3-1 to win it all. Regardless of what Vegas says, it's still only July. We're 2 months away from training camp.
And we do need to remember one thing about these odds and odds makers: They're good at laying lines that provoke action on both sides… they don't predict the future. I still think losing Odom hurts the Lakers more than Vegas says. By the way, Odom is going to meet with Pat Riley, so the Miami thing is gaining steam.