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NBA Championship Odds: Lakers, Bucks Co-Faves Ahead Of The Playoffs

With only one seed left to be determined for the NBA playoffs inside the bubble in Orlando, Florida, the Los Angeles Lakers and Milwaukee Bucks are now tabbed as co-favorites to win the 2019-20 NBA championship.

Of the 17 (soon to be 16) teams left vying for the NBA title, the Lakers and Bucks have +250 odds to capture the championship after both teams finished 3-5 SU in their eight games in the season restart. Third on the oddsboard are the Los Angeles Clippers at +270, according to the best basketball betting sites.

If you’re new to betting and want to know how to bet on basketball, what NBA futures are, or even how betting works without fans in attendance, click on any of these links to get you up to speed.

For now, here are the full 2019-20 NBA championship odds for the 17 teams still in contention in Orlando:

Odds to Win the 2019-20 NBA Championship
TeamOdds
Los Angeles Lakers+250
Milwaukee Bucks+250
Los Angeles Clippers+270
Toronto Raptors+900
Houston Rockets+1200
Boston Celtics+1200
Denver Nuggets+2500
Miami Heat+3000
Dallas Mavericks+4000
Portland Trail Blazers+4000
Philadelphia 76ers+5000
Utah Jazz+5000
Oklahoma City Thunder+6500
Indiana Pacers+10000
Brooklyn Nets+20000
Orlando Magic+30000
Memphis Grizzlies+40000

Odds as of August 14 at Bovada

Could We Get a Lakers-Bucks NBA Finals?

It’s quite possible the Los Angeles Lakers and Milwaukee Bucks could meet in the NBA Finals, with the Lakers clinching the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference and the Bucks securing the top spot in the East.

However, while the Lakers may have the top seed in the Western Conference, they’ve looked out of sorts in Orlando and went 3-5 SU and 1-7 ATS in eight seeding games in the bubble. 

The Bucks, in the meantime, have the best record in the NBA at 56-17 SU but have also been a mixed bag in Orlando at 3-5 SU and ATS. They also had one of the ugliest losses in regular-season history, falling to the short-handed Brooklyn Nets as 19-point favorites.

That being said, both teams have been using defense to dictate the tempo as they rank second and eighth in points allowed per game this season, and each club has a star player on offense to draw in the defense. These are the best two teams in the NBA but upsets happen and we’re in a different climate than we were four months ago.

What Bettors Need To Know About New Season Format

Part of the apprehensiveness of NBA bettors wanting to wager on title odds was the unanswered questions about a return to the court. From Adrian Wojnarowski’s initial report on ESPN came these answers:

  • Will the NBA finish the season or go right to the postseason? Each of the 22 teams invited to Orlando will play eight regular-season games from July 30 to August 14 to determine playoff seeding.
  • Will the NBA playoffs be conducted in “bubble” cities? The NBA decided to have every team play in Orlando, Florida, rather than having teams travel to various cities. Orlando is also the home of ESPN’s Wide World of Sports headquarters.
  • Will they allow eight teams from each conference to compete in the playoffs? Nine teams from the East and 13 teams from the West are in Orlando. That includes teams that were within six games of eighth place in the two conferences when the season was paused.
  • What is the playing schedule for each team? Each team is playing eight regular-season games from July 30 to August 14 to finalize seeding. A potential play-in tournament is set for August 15-16 to determine the eighth seeds, if needed. 
  • Will each playoff series still be a best-of-seven? Yes, each NBA playoff series will continue to be a best-of-seven and playoffs are expected to tip off on August 17. The NBA Finals are expected to start on September 30.
  • What happens if a player tests positive for COVID-19? If an NBA player tests positive for the virus, the league’s intent would be to remove that player from the team to quarantine and treat individually – and continue to test other team members as they play on. The NBA is planning to have uniform, daily testing for the coronavirus, with teams having the ability to roster up to 17 players.

According to information provided to Shams Charania with The Athletic, here is the full list of restart dates for the remainder of the 2020 NBA season:


How to Read NBA Finals Odds

At the sportsbook – a fancy way to say NBA betting site – you’ll notice that the odds are listed like this:

  • LA Lakers +200
  • Milwaukee Bucks +280
  • LA Clippers +300
  • Boston Celtics +1200
  • Houston Rockets +1300

Let’s pretend you believe that the Clippers are the team to beat based on the odds listed above. If you were to lay down $100, you’d see a payout of $400 – you get your $100 back, plus your earnings of $300. Or, maybe you’re set on the Houston Rockets. That same $100 on a winning Rockets bet would get you $1,400 – your original $100 is returned along with your prize of $1,300.

Check out our Odds Calculator to see how much you’d win based on the odds and amount wagered.

What are NBA Futures?

Futures bets made on events that have yet to take place. You make a bet like this far off in advance of the event, in this case the team to win the championship. To make a bet like this, you would first use the info contained in this article to handicap your wager. Once you’ve made your decision on which team you think has the chops to win the NBA Finals, you’re ready to go.