Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Here are some of the before and after odds …. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe Houston Rockets were next at 7-1 with the Philadelphia 76ers at 14-1. Cleveland, which advanced to the NBA Finals for a fourth straight season before getting swept by the Warriors, fell to the bottom at 500-1 after losing James to the Lakers.The increased wagering on the Lakers is not just because of James, but also because of the possibility that it can still add stars such as Kawhi Leonard, who the Lakers are trying to pry away from the San Antonio Spurs in a trade, or New Orleans center DeMarcus Cousins, who is a free agent.“Within a matter of minutes, we took money on (the Lakers) and went down to 7-2,” Sherman told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “It doesn’t mean they’re the second- or third-best power-rated team. But we anticipate futures bets on them. We’re trying to be proactive.“The betting support is always there behind LeBron James and people are hopeful he can get other players with him, whether it’s Kawhi (Leonard) or someone else.”Even after posting a 35-win season and missing the playoffs, most sportsbooks, including Westgate, listed the Lakers at 20-1 immediately after the Lakers’ season ended because of its cap space and possibility that it could land stars such as James in free agency. By the middle of June and with the anticipation building that the Lakers would likely add stars, their odds of winning a title dropped as low as 10-1.According to ESPN, as NBA free agency approached, Westgate took more bets on the Lakers to win next year’s title than anyone else, which included a $4,500 bet at 12-1.CG Technology, another Las Vegas sportsbook, said it took a $5,000 bet on the Lakers at 10-1.With the Lakers’ roster still far from complete, the odds will likely continue to change heading to the fall. LeBron James has the betting world spinning its head.While NBA analysts discuss the impact of James announcing Sunday that he intends to sign a four-year, $153.3 million deal to join the Lakers, Las Vegas oddsmakers quickly anointed the Lakers as one off the favorites to win next year’s NBA championship.Las Vegas SuperBook assistant manager Jeff Sherman of Westgate listed the Lakers at 7-2 along with the the Boston Celtics and behind everyone’s overwhelming favorite, the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors at 10-11, which translates to -110 to three-peat.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Initially the Lakers were listed at 9-2 after news broke late Sunday afternoon that James has agreed to the Lakers, but a flurry of betting made them the second-overall favorite along with rival Boston.