Only one team -- the Indiana Pacers -- are bigger underdogs than the New Orleans Hornets in the first round of the 2011 NBA Playoffs, according to odds posted by Bodog. The gambling site lists the Los Angeles Lakers as 1/20 favorites for the team's series against the Hornets, which tips off at the Staples Center on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC. The Hornets are 12/1 underdogs in the series.
The Hornets have been erratic all year, and the season's end was no exception; New Orleans went on a solid run to lock up a spot in the postseason, but fell apart in the final games, slipping to the No. 7 seed. The Memphis Grizzlies had a chance to fill in the No. 7 seed on the final day of the regular season, but submitted to the Clippers in order to avoid the Lakers.
Vegas thinks that was a good idea: the Lakers are 11/4 favorites to win the title, says Bodog, and even money to win the West.
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