The hiring of Mike D’Antoni has had ZERO effect on Lakers Title odds. Not better, not worse - no change.
Current NBA Title Favorites:
1) Heat: $100 wins $160
2) Lakers: $100 wins $350
3) Thunder: $100 wins $450
Before the season started, the title favorites (in order) were:
So, after the Hardin trade, Lakers slow start, Mike Brown’s firing and D’Antoni hiring the order of NBA favorites is identical.
Phil Jackson is the only coach that would have IMPROVED Lakers odds.
Note that the opening odds (on the coach to replace Mike Brown) had Mike D’Antoni as the #1 FAVORITE (ahead of Phil Jackson)