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Lakers NBA Finals Odds Plummet Following Game 1 Loss to Suns

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The Los Angeles Lakers' odds to win the NBA Finals have fallen after their Game 1 loss to the Phoenix Suns.
The Los Angeles Lakers' odds to win the NBA Finals have fallen after their Game 1 loss to the Phoenix Suns. / Christian Petersen/Getty Images
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The Los Angeles Lakers are the first No. 7 seed to be favored over a No. 2 seed in NBA playoff history. But after losing Game 1 to the Phoenix Suns, the Lakers' odds to win the NBA Championship took a hit.

The Lakers fell from +460 to +600 to win the NBA title, according to futures odds at FanDuel Sportsbook. Los Angeles still remains a slight favorite (-118) against Phoenix (-104) to win the series. Meanwhile, the underrated Suns' championship odds moved from +2500 to +1600 following their Game 1 win.

The Lakers opened their title defense with a dispiriting 99-90 loss to the Suns, as "Beat L.A." chants echoed throughout Talking Stick Resort Arena.

Devin Booker poured in 34 points in his playoff debut to outshine NBA finals MVP favorite LeBron James. Suns teammate Deandre Ayton hit 10-of-11 shots for 21 points and pulled down 16 rebounds in his playoff debut. A Game 2 loss by Los Angeles will really shake up the Lakers' championship odds.

Game 2 is Tuesday in Phoenix, and the Lakers are a 1.5-point favorite. The Suns are +1400 to sweep the series, according to prop bets and odds at FanDuel Sportsbook.


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