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2019-20 NBA Championship Odds: Curry Injury Sends Warriors Tumbling

NBA Championship Odds October 31, 2019

We’re a little over a week into the 2019-20 NBA regular season and we’ve already had key injuries, brawls and social media feuds. Lost in the drama is that the Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers are co-favorites to win the 2020 NBA championship.

Online sportsbook Bovada has both the Lakers and Clippers at +300 to win the title. They’re followed on the oddsboard by the Milwaukee Bucks (+525), Philadelphia 76ers (+700), Houston Rockets (+750), Utah Jazz (+1400), Denver Nuggets (+1600), Boston Celtics (+2500), Brooklyn Nets (+2800) and Portland Trail Blazers (+3300) to round out the top 10 options.

You’ll notice the Golden State Warriors are not on this list. Their odds have plummeted from +1400 to +5000 overnight with the news that former MVP Stephen Curry broke his hand in Wednesday’s game vs the Suns. He’s expected to be out at least two months.

What’s Next For The Warriors? 

Blow it up. In all seriousness, the Golden State Warriors were not winning the NBA championship this season even with Stephen Curry at full health. The roster, as currently constructed, has no defensive identity and through four games is second-last in the NBA in points allowed per game. Sure, they can score and put up points with any team, but it was already an uphill battle.

The Dubs also play in the Pacific Division, which is arguably the toughest division in the NBA. It’s got both the retooled Lakers and Clippers and up-and-coming squads like the Kings and Suns. Having to play each of those teams multiple times will start to pile up the losses for the Warriors. Sportsbooks moved their divisional odds from +425 to +2800, which shows just how important Curry is to their success.

Since Klay Thompson isn’t likely to come back this season, Steph is likely out till January and the defense is garbage, the Warriors should try to trade D’Angelo Russell immediately. Golden State needs to get as many assets as it can because lost in all the recent success of the Warriors is the reality that the team has very little roster and cap flexibility.

Outside of the Warriors, there hasn’t been much movement for the rest of the league in the championship odds. 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
TeamOdds
Los Angeles Lakers+300
Los Angeles Clippers+300
Milwaukee Bucks+525
Philadelphia 76ers+700
Houston Rockets+750
Utah Jazz+1400
Denver Nuggets+1600
Boston Celtics+2500
Brooklyn Nets+2800
Portland Trail Blazers+3300
Toronto Raptors+3300
Golden State Warriors+5000
Indiana Pacers+5000
Miami Heat+5500
Dallas Mavericks+6000
San Antonio Spurs+6000
Atlanta Hawks+10000
New Orleans Pelicans+12500
Detroit Pistons+15000
Minnesota Timberwolves+15000
Oklahoma City Thunder+15000
Orlando Magic+15000
Phoenix Suns+20000
Chicago Bulls+25000
New York Knicks+30000
Sacramento Kings+30000
Memphis Grizzlies+40000
Washington Wizards+40000
Cleveland Cavaliers+50000
Charlotte Hornets+50000

Odds as of October 31 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.