Following the Los Angeles Lakers firing of head coach Mike Brown on Friday morning, Mike D'Antoni and Jerry Sloan have emerged as the favorites to succeed the departed Lakers coach, according to odds posted at Oddsshark.com.
D'Antoni, the former head coach of the Phoenix Suns and New York Knicks, and former Utah Jazz head coach Jerry Sloan were given 2/1 odds of replacing Brown in Los Angeles. Former Lakers head coach Phil Jackson and current Indiana Pacers associate head coach Brian Shaw were given the next best odds at 5/1. They were followed by former Portland Trail Blazer head coach Nate McMillan, who was given 6/1 odds, and Lakers interim head coach Bernie Bickerstaff, who was given 8/1 odds.
The firing of Brown and uncertainty regarding his successor has negatively effected the Lakers' over/under for total regular season wins. When the season opened, the Lakers' over/under for wins was set at 56 1/2. After Friday's developments, it has shifted to 49 1/2.
The Lakers' playoff chances took a hit as well. Their odds of eliminated in the conference semifinals are at 5/1, while their odds of winning the NBA title are at 4/1.