Lakers Favored Over Celtics Early
Covers has L.A. as -200 favorites this morning, despite the lack of home court advantage. (Admittedly -- and Covers mentions this -- the 2-3-2 Finals format discounts HCA a bit.) For non-bettors, this means you'd bet $200 on the Lakers to make $100; this can also be expressed as 1/2 odds in favor of L.A.
Most lines have Boston currently favored by 2 to 2-1/2 points for Thursday's opener. It will be interesting to see if a Game 1 Lakers win would send the Celtics into Game 2 as a home underdog. One more note of interest: you could get 2/1 odds on the Lakers as NBA champs back in February, a few games into the Pau era. Boston had 5/2 odds.