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Lakers, Clippers Tower Over Rest of the NBA in Championship Odds

2019-20 NBA Championship Odds

The Golden State Warriors have been the unanimous preseason favorites to win the NBA championship for years, but their time at the top has come to an end.

In their place are the Los Angeles Lakers, who are the +300 title favorites at Bovada. The L.A. Clippers (+350), Milwaukee Bucks (+600), Philadelphia 76ers (+750), Houston Rockets (+850), Warriors (+1000), Utah Jazz (+1200), Denver Nuggets (+1800), Boston Celtics (+2500) and Brooklyn Nets (+2500) make up the rest of the top 10 at the book.

Do the Lakers Really Deserve to be Faves?

If you’re surprised to see the Lakers as the oddsmakers’ choice to win the NBA championship, you clearly haven’t been paying attention. The Lakers were a circus in the 2018-19 season, but the LeBron James era in Hollywood is really starting now thanks to the acquisition of Anthony Davis from New Orleans.

Any team that James plays on will always be a huge draw at sportsbooks, but the Lakers have plenty to prove as they aim to get back to the playoffs for the first time since the 2012-13 campaign. At their current +300 price, I’d wait to see if you can get them at a better number as the season progresses.

It’s Kawhi Time for the Clippers

The Clippers were the big winners of the offseason after native Californians Kawhi Leonard and Paul George returned home to join forces in what’s shaping up to be an extremely competitive Western Conference. Leonard, fresh off a championship in his only year with the Toronto Raptors, is the best hope the Clippers have had to chase the elusive title. Needless to say, it’s going to be a very interesting year in the NBA.

Click here for up-to-the-minute NBA futures odds changes. Take a look at the shop’s full list of championship odds:

Odds to Win the 2019-20 NBA Championship
Los Angeles Lakers+300
Los Angeles Clippers+350
Milwaukee Bucks+600
Philadelphia 76ers+750
Houston Rockets+850
Golden State Warriors+1000
Utah Jazz+1200
Denver Nuggets+1800
Boston Celtics+2500
Brooklyn Nets+2500
Portland Trail Blazers+3300
Toronto Raptors+3300
Indiana Pacers+4500
Miami Heat+6000
New Orleans Pelicans+6000
San Antonio Spurs+6000
Dallas Mavericks+7000
Orlando Magic+12500
Atlanta Hawks+15000
Minnesota Timberwolves+15000
Oklahoma City Thunder+15000
Sacramento Kings+15000
Detroit Pistons+17500
Chicago Bulls+20000
Memphis Grizzlies+20000
Washington Wizards+20000
New York Knicks+25000
Charlotte Hornets+30000
Cleveland Cavaliers+30000
Phoenix Suns+30000

Odds as of October 4 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.