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NBA Championship Odds: League Set To Resume July 31

Adam Silver NBA Commissioner Return of NBA Season June 3 2020

The NBA seems intent on crowning a champion in 2020 and with the new proposed return-to-play plan reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the NBA season is set to resume on July 31 in Orlando, Florida.

The proposal would see 22 of the 30 NBA teams participate in eight games each to wrap up the regular season and set up seeding for the playoffs. Thirteen Western Conference teams and nine Eastern Conference teams will descend on Walt Disney World and oddsmakers still have the Los Angeles Lakers as the betting favorite to win the 2019-20 NBA championship.

The best basketball betting sites have the Lakers at +200 to win the title and the purple and gold have held firm as the favorite at Bovada since the league suspended its season back on March 12.

While the Lakers have the best odds out of the Western Conference, the Milwaukee Bucks (+275) can’t be dismissed as they had the best regular-season record at 53-12. Then there’s the Los Angeles Clippers, who may be the biggest test for either of those teams and are +300 to win it all.

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For now, here are the full 2019-20 NBA championship odds for each of the 22 teams heading to Orlando:

Odds to Win the 2019-20 NBA Championship
Los Angeles Lakers+200
Milwaukee Bucks+275
Los Angeles Clippers+300
Boston Celtics+1200
Toronto Raptors+1400
Houston Rockets+1500
Denver Nuggets+2400
Philadelphia 76ers+2400
Miami Heat+3300
Dallas Mavericks+4000
Utah Jazz+4000
Brooklyn Nets+5000
Indiana Pacers+8000
New Orleans Pelicans+9000
Oklahoma City Thunder+9000
Portland Trail Blazers+15000
Memphis Grizzlies +17500
Orlando Magic+17500
San Antonio Spurs+17500
Phoenix Suns+20000
Sacramento Kings+25000
Washington Wizards+30000

Odds as of June 3 at Bovada

What Bettors Need To Know About New 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 Woj’s report on ESPN, it looks like we have 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 to determine playoff seeding.
  • Will the NBA playoffs be conducted in “bubble” cities? The NBA has 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.
  • What is the playing schedule for each team? Schedules are still being determined but will be released to the general public once the return-to-play plan is approved.
  • 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 invited to Orlando. That includes teams currently within six games of eighth place in the two conferences.
  • Will each playoff series still be a best-of-seven? Yes, each NBA playoff series will continue to be a best-of-seven.
  • 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.

All invited NBA teams are expected to arrive in Orlando for a brief training camp with games starting on July 31. The expectation is the final day for NBA games would be on October 12, which is expected to be the cut-off date for Game 7 of the NBA Finals.

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 and now that we know how the league will resume play, we can start to handicap potential matchups.

The best way to look at it for NBA bettors is to just use the stats and trends we have to predict a winner. By that logic, the Lakers and Bucks are a cut above the rest.

Before the season’s suspension, the Lakers led the Western Conference standings and were in line to get the top seed in the Western Conference. The Bucks, in the meantime, led the NBA at 53-12 SU and had a 6.5-game lead on the Toronto Raptors in the East.

Both teams were using defense to dictate the tempo as they ranked third and sixth in points allowed per game and each has a star player on offense to draw in the defense in LeBron James and reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo. These are the best two teams in the NBA but upsets happen and we’re in a different climate than we were two or three months ago.

Why These Teams Won’t Make The Finals

Even if teams like the Lakers and Bucks are put at a disadvantage as a result of new protocols that may be put in place by the NBA, the fact remains that they both had fatal flaws. For the Lakers, all you need to do is look at the roster and realize they’re very top-heavy in talent.

Sure, LeBron and AD will play crunch time and be their dominant selves but after those two, Kyle Kuzma was the only other Laker averaging double-digit points and he was being openly shopped at the trade deadline. Maybe other players like Kentavious Caldwell-Pope or Danny Green will raise their level of play in the postseason but it’s not encouraging.

Then there’s the Bucks and the obvious elephant in the room: Antetokounmpo’s jump shot. Yes, he improved it slightly this season but the Toronto Raptors showed the blueprint in last year’s Eastern Conference final that if you stop Giannis, you stop Milwaukee. They packed the paint, dared him to shoot and he finished the series only shooting 44.5 percent from the floor with the Bucks losing in six games.

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 +250
  • LA Clippers +300
  • Boston Celtics +1100
  • Houston Rockets +1600

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 $1,700 – your original $100 is returned along with your prize of $1,600.

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.