The Los Angeles Lakers are the NBA's marquee team, its flagship franchise and most popular team. All of this has translated into the Lakers often being one of the worst values for gamblers who Bet NBA Playoffs action.
Bet NBA Playoffs odds on Los Angeles are going to be hugely popular again in 2008-2009 as the Lakers finished with the #1 seed in the Western Conference. While the Lakers will probably win the West they may not always cover the NBA Playoffs odds. Look what happened in the Lakers’ last great title run of 2003-04, the last year that they had Kobe and Shaq. The Lakers went 56-26 straight up and yet covered just thirty of those eighty-two games that season. Los Angeles has been better this season against the spread but they will still be overvalued in NBA Playoffs odds.
Keep in mind that during that title run the Lakers went 12-9 straight up but they were 9-12 against the spread. The next season the Lakers were even a worse value after Shaq left for NBA betting gamblers.
Over the years the Lakers have been at their absolute worst as a value when playing as a home favorite for gamblers that bet NBA Playoffs odds. Even in their glory years of winning titles the Lakers lost money at home for gamblers who bet NBA Playoffs odds.
The Lakers have “mass appeal” due to their winning history and reputation along with having one of the game's superstars as their marquee player. Kobe Bryant is a player who can impact NBA Playoffs odds but too often the Lakers are laying big points. This makes it difficult to consistently take the Lakers at home.
You can still bet NBA Playoffs odds with Los Angeles and win money but you have to pick and choose your spots. Sometimes the Lakers offer more value on the road. On the road the Lakers are not laying nearly as many points and oftentimes they are a much better value.
As you bet NBA Playoffs odds this season take a look at the Lakers but pick and choose your spots carefully.
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