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2019-20 NBA Championship Odds: Clippers And Lakers Running The Show

NBA Championship Betting Odds November 21, 2019

We’re just over two months into the 2019-20 NBA season and while there hasn’t been much movement at the top of the board for the NBA championship odds, one thing is for certain: the Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers look like the best two teams to win the title.

The Lakers (+275) and Clippers (+300) are at the top of the oddsboard to win the NBA crown and are a combined 47-16 SU, with the Lakers at the top of the Western Conference. Following the two teams from Los Angeles are the Milwaukee Bucks (+350), Philadelphia 76ers (+850) and Houston Rockets (+850) to round out the top five betting options.

After those teams, the odds jump significantly with the Boston Celtics and Denver Nuggets both coming in next at +1600.

Lakers and Clippers Living Up To The Hype

Coming into the NBA season, the Lakers and Clippers jostled for the top spot on the championship oddsboard with both having huge expectations due to the star power on their rosters.

Well, if their Christmas Day game was any indication, these two teams look like juggernauts and will be in the thick of it come playoff time. The Lakers have the best record in the Western Conference at 25-7 SU and are fifth in the league in points allowed (105.6). It obviously helps that LeBron James and Anthony Davis are having MVP-type seasons but it’s the role players who are fitting in better than projected.

SG Danny Green is hitting 41 percent of his shots from behind the arc while Dwight Howard is giving great minutes at center to let Davis play his natural position at PF. Unlike last season, the bench knows its role and the Lakers are playing team defense, which will make them a tough out in the playoffs.

But as great as the Lakers have looked, it feels like we’ve seen the peak of what they’re capable of, whereas the Clippers could go to an even higher level. The Clip Show is getting used to the load management that comes with a stud like Kawhi Leonard but now the Clippers are at full strength with SF Paul George in the mix.

George looks like he hasn’t missed a beat and is averaging 23.7 points through 23 contests to go along with Kawhi, who is scoring 25.6 points per game. 

On paper, the Clippers have a huge talent edge over any team in the NBA with the tandem of PG and Kawhi. While they may not get the top seed in the West, betting against them to win the title given the way they’re managing the duo’s minutes would be a fool’s errand. Barring injury, the Los Angeles Clippers are the team to beat.

What About The East?

Lost in the hype train of the Clippers and Lakers is how the playoff picture is unfolding in the Eastern Conference and the Milwaukee Bucks stand head and shoulders above the rest. The Bucks are back at the top of the NBA standings at 29-5 SU and are first in the league in points scored per game

Coming off an MVP campaign, Giannis Antetokounmpo somehow looks even better this season and has upped every one of his stats except for blocks (down 0.1 from last season’s 1.5 blocks per game). He’s scored 20 or more points in all but three games this year and is doing all of this with point guard Eric Bledsoe on the shelf.

Bettors may not be sold that the Greek Freak can carry this Bucks roster to the championship because his outside shooting is still a work-in-progress and the blueprint for stopping him was laid out by the Raptors in last year’s playoffs.

As for the Philadelphia 76ers, their three-point shooting is very worrisome at this stage of the season. None of their starters are shooting over 35 percent from behind the arc, except for Ben Simmons (40 percent on five total attempts). There’s plenty of time for them to work out the kinks and the matchup problems they’ll pose in the postseason may be difficult for any team to overcome, even the Los Angeles Clippers.

If more injuries occur or trades come down the pipeline, click here for up-to-the-minute NBA futures odds changes. 

Odds to Win the 2019-20 NBA Championship
Los Angeles Lakers+275
Los Angeles Clippers+300
Milwaukee Bucks+350
Philadelphia 76ers+850
Houston Rockets+850
Boston Celtics+1600
Denver Nuggets+1600
Utah Jazz+2000
Dallas Mavericks+2500
Miami Heat+3000
Toronto Raptors+4000
Indiana Pacers+6000
Brooklyn Nets+7000
Portland Trail Blazers+7000
San Antonio Spurs+10000
Orlando Magic+15000
Oklahoma City Thunder+20000
Phoenix Suns+20000
Minnesota Timberwolves+25000
New Orleans Pelicans+25000
Sacramento Kings+25000
Detroit Pistons+35000
Golden State Warriors+35000
Charlotte Hornets+50000
Washington Wizards+50000
Atlanta Hawks+75000
Chicago Bulls+75000
Memphis Grizzlies+75000
Cleveland Cavaliers+100000
New York Knicks+100000

Odds as of December 29 at Bovada

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 +300

LA Clippers +350

Milwaukee Bucks +600

Philadelphia 76ers +700

Houston Rockets +850

For a moneyline bet, you would see the minus sign (-) to denote the favorite, and a plus sign (+) to denote the underdog. In this scenario, you would be making a futures bet where teams with the highest odds are underdogs (like the Rockets) and teams with the lowest odds are favorites (like the Lakers).

What are NBA Futures?

Futures are 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.

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 $50, you’d see a payout of $225 – you get your $50 back, plus your earnings of $175. Or, maybe you’re set on the 76ers. That same $50 on a winning Sixers bet would get you $400 – your original $50 is returned along with your prize of $350.

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

With bets on NBA futures odds, or any futures wager for that matter, it’s important to remember that your money will be tied up until the championship is won in June. Make sure your bankroll can handle that, and that you have enough left over to make regular-season NBA bets on point spreads or whatever else your basketball-loving heart desires.