Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 9/26/12
The Los Angeles Lakers stole all the headlines this offseason when they acquired Dwight Howard and Steve Nash. They were already a championship contender to begin with, but the addition of Howard, who is universally regarded as the best center in the NBA, and Nash, a likely Hall of Fame point guard, has made the Lakers the favorite in the West. The Lakers' in-city rivals are their main competition in the Pacific, making the division a two-horse race between the Los Angeles teams, as none of the other three squads are expected to be competitive. Los Angeles Lakers Odds: 5-2...

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