The Los Angeles Lakers scored a huge win on Monday night, beating the Golden State Warriors to take a definitive 3-1 lead in the second round of the playoffs.
This win brought them just one victory away from the Western Conference Finals.
It also impacted their betting odds to reach the championship.
Caesars Sportsbook says the Lakers are now favorites to win the Western Conference, according to ESPN.
This is the first time all season that the Lakers have been favored to win the West 😳 pic.twitter.com/AzkBckd2xF
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) May 9, 2023
This is obviously a huge accomplishment for the Lakers.
If they really are able to get to the Finals, it will be a massive turnaround for the team.
At the start of the season, they were literally one of the worst teams in the league and had a dreadful 2-10 record.
The team was written off by just about everyone, including dedicated fans who knew massive changes were needed.
Those changes came in February when the front office pursued big trades to strengthen the roster.
Since then, they have surged ahead and have worked as a strong, cohesive unit on both ends of the court.
They might be favorites to win the West right now but these odds can change quickly.
If they lose in Game 5, they will put their current odds at risk.
They still need to put the Warriors away one more time, which is always easier said than done.
The Warriors, even with their problems, are the reigning NBA champions for a reason and they won’t go down without a fight.
No matter what happens, the Lakers have transformed and have become stronger than they have been in years.NEXT: Joy Taylor Names The Biggest Surprise Of The Lakers, Warriors Series