Lakers Championship Gambling Odds Improve With Ginobili Injury
The Los Angeles Lakers will have no sympathy for the San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs lost superstar Manu Ginobili on Monday for the rest of the season, but nobody in L.A. will be sending those sympathy cards.
The Lakers have dealt with the loss of rising star center Andrew Bynum for most of the year, and they will still finish with the best record in the Western Conference. They may even catch Cleveland for the best record in the league.
The Spurs were considered to be one of the few teams who experts thought may be able to beat the Lakers in the playoffs. Without Ginobili, that task will become next to impossible. That leaves only the Denver Nuggets in the Lakers way to the conference title.
In the meantime, Los Angeles has trimmed Cleveland's lead for best overall record to one game. If the two teams finished tied, the Lakers would have the home court advantage throughout the playoffs thanks to a two game sweep of the Cavs this year.
In addition to the home court advantage, there could be something else on the line between the two top teams in the last two weeks, the league MVP award. Kobe Bryant and LeBron James have been battling for the award all year.
The team that finishes with the leagues best record may also be the team that ends up with the MVP. In the past, voters have favored players on the best teams over any competitors with better individual numbers.
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