Although generally speaking, preseason NBA odds are a good way of gauging how and where teams will finish over the course of an upcoming season, not even they can account for the entirely unexpected. This Saturday, fans and bettors alike will get the chance to see for themselves what exactly is going on in the Pacific Division when the red-hot Golden State Warriors play host to the struggling Los Angeles Lakers.
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While the high-profile Lakers lead the NBA futures with an overwhelming 15/2 shot of winning a ring, the fact that they trail their counterparts from northern California by such a significant handful of games already in the season is cause for concern. The Warriors, unjustly or not, have just 50/1 odds of winning the NBA championship.
The two clubs trending in opposite directions may very well take vastly different turns before the long season wraps up, but their performances so far in 2012-13 have shaken the NBA betting community. Despite the addition of Dwight Howard and new head coach Mike D’Antoni, the Lakers have looked far from impressive.
Whether the return of Steve Nash from injury will change that remains to be seen. Though he hasn’t suited up since early in the season, Saturday could mark Nash’s return to the court.
L.A.’s misfortune isn’t the only storyline worth covering in the Pacific this year, not with the Mark Jackson-led Warriors putting forth their most impressive campaign in years. Might Stephen Curry and David Lee have Golden State back in the playoff hunt for good?
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