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NBA Championship Odds: Lakers Now Odds-On Fave After Clippers’ Collapse

NBA Championship Odds September 16, 2020 LeBron James

After another contender was bounced from the NBA playoffs in a stunning second-round upset, the Los Angeles Lakers are now the odds-on favorites to win the 2020 NBA championship.

The best basketball betting sites have placed the Lakers at -210 to win their 17th title in franchise history and LeBron James’ fourth championship in his career. The “real” team from Los Angeles will face the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference final after their Staples Center roommates, the Los Angeles Clippers, coughed up a 3-1 series lead to the Nuggets.

Following the Lakers on the oddsboard are the Miami Heat (+425), who own a 1-0 series lead in the Eastern final over the Boston Celtics (+550). The Nuggets, fresh off two historic 3-1 series comebacks in this postseason, sit at +850 to continue to shock the world.

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 2019-20 NBA championship odds for the four teams still in contention in Orlando:

Who Is Favored To Win The NBA Championship?

Odds to Win the 2019-20 NBA Championship
Los Angeles Lakers-210
Miami Heat+425
Boston Celtics+550
Denver Nuggets+850

Odds as of September 16 at Bovada

Lakers In Driver’s Seat To Win NBA Championship

It looks like we’ll never get to see the dream series everyone was hoping for in the Western Conference final and that’s likely fine by the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lake Show may not state this publicly but they have to be ecstatic to be facing the Nuggets instead of the Clippers because the Lakers had difficulty containing Kawhi Leonard and Paul George in their matchups this season.

Since LeBron arrived in Los Angeles, the Lakers have faced the Nuggets seven times and LA is 5-2 SU in those games, including two wins in Denver and a victory over them in the bubble. That being said, home and away splits won’t play a factor this time around and this series is likely going to come down to the centers, Anthony Davis and Nikola Jokic.

Jokic just got done putting up a stat line for the ages by averaging 24.4 points, 13.4 rebounds and 6.6 assists vs the Clippers, while The Brow manhandled the Rockets and put up 26-12-4 in five games. I give the defensive edge to the Lakers at this stage but anyone counting out the Nuggets by now clearly hasn’t been watching these playoffs.

Heat Draw First Blood vs Celtics

It may have taken 53 minutes of game time but the Miami Heat outlasted the Boston Celtics in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final and the legend of Bam Adebayo grows. The Heat’s third-year center had a block for the ages on the Celtics’ Jayson Tatum in the closing seconds of overtime that pretty much encapsulated what this Miami team is all about.

The Heat are now the faves to win the Eastern Conference final after opening as slight underdogs in Game 1 and, all things considered, they didn’t even play that well. But where they found the edge was in the paint, outscoring the Celtics 48-26. This has been an ongoing issue for the Celtics while they try to hold the fort with Daniel Theis and Robert Williams at center.

Let’s not count out Boston just yet because they may have an ace in the hole in Gordon Hayward. The former Butler product hasn’t played since Game 2 of the first round and he could help curb a glaring lack of scoring for the Celtics when Tatum leaves the floor. Time will tell how his ankle fares but bettors should expect this series to go at least 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 -210
  • Miami Heat +425
  • Boston Celtics +550
  • Denver Nuggets +850

Let’s pretend you believe that the Celtics are the team to beat based on the odds listed above. If you were to lay down $100, you’d see a payout of $650 – you get your $100 back, plus your earnings of $550. Or maybe you’re set on the Denver Nuggets. That same $100 on a winning Nuggets bet would get you $950 – your original $100 is returned along with your prize of $850.

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.