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As we’ve detailed before, all sorts of randomness emerges in the playoffs. Over a 162-game season, the difference between teams is apparent. In a five or seven-game series, strengths and weaknesses can be exploited or masked. Anything can happen. But some Las Vegas oddsmakers consider the Nationals, who carry the best record in baseball, among the favorites to win the World Series.

According to Thursday’s lines at MGM Resorts in Las Vegas, the New York Yankees and Cincinnati Reds are favorites to win the World Series at 4-1. The Nationals are next at 9-2. (That’s the same spot the Nationals were in half-way through the season, too.)

The Oakland Athletics are at 5-1, followed by the Detroit Tigers, San Francisco Giants and Texas Rangers at 6-1. For those curious: the Atlanta Braves are a 10-1 and the St. Louis Cardinals at 15-1. The Baltimore Orioles sit at 10-1.

Another sports betting venue, Web site Bovoda, has the Nationals at higher odds on Friday. The Yankees are favored at 9-2, followed by the Nationals at 5-1 and the Cincinnati Reds and Detroit Tigers at 11-2.

Again, digest this information as you will. It’s a guide to what professional sports oddmakers think, but variant on factors such as how much money is being bet on certain teams. Let the madness begin.