San Antonio's savvy veterans have been outsmarted.
Oklahoma City's freakish athletes have been . . . well, let's not get ridiculous here.
The Lakers are not a perfect team, nor are they foolproof picks to win the 2013 NBA title just because Dwight Howardnow graces a roster that also includes Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Steve Nash.
But any bet on them to edge out top challengers involves smarter money than it did a few days ago.
RJ Bell of Pregame.com bumped the Lakers ahead of theThunder and into the No. 2 spot in his odds to win the NBA title, trailing only the defending champion Heat. READ MORE