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Odds to Win the NBA Western Conference: Lakers Remain As Chalk Option

LeBron James and Los Angeles Lakers lead NBA Western Conference odds.

We’re almost through a third of the 2020-21 NBA season and the Western Conference is looking stacked at the top with the Los Angeles Lakers as the betting favorite to be the last team standing.

The Lakers sit as +110 faves in NBA Western Conference odds to go to the NBA Finals and try to win back-to-back NBA championships. The Lakers are 16-6 SU through 22 games but surprisingly don’t have the best record in the West.

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That distinction belongs to the Utah Jazz, who are third on the oddsboard to win the West at +800. The Jazz currently have the best record in the NBA at 16-5 SU through 21 games.

The squad sandwiched between the Lakers and Jazz is the Los Angeles Clippers at +275. The Clippers have the same record as the Lakers at 16-6 SU but hold an edge in the standings after defeating the purple and gold on the opening night of the season.

Track the latest NBA futures when placing your bets. Here are the full betting odds for which team will win the Western Conference:

Who Will Win The NBA Western Conference?

Odds To Win NBA Western Conference 2020-21
Los Angeles Lakers+110
Los Angeles Clippers+275
Utah Jazz+800
Denver Nuggets+1100
Dallas Mavericks+1500
Phoenix Suns+2000
Portland Trail Blazers+2200
Golden State Warriors+2500
Houston Rockets+6000
New Orleans Pelicans+8000
Memphis Grizzlies+8000
San Antonio Spurs+8000
Sacramento Kings+15000
Oklahoma City Thunder+15000
Minnesota Timberwolves+25000

Odds as of February 3 at Bovada

Why Are The Lakers Favored To Win The Western Conference?

At 16-6 SU through 22 games with a lockdown defense, this is the best the Los Angeles Lakers have looked with LeBron James, outside of last year’s championship run. The Lakers are cruising through the regular season right now with the second-best scoring defense in the league and, obviously, the best 1-2 punch in the NBA with LeBron and Anthony Davis.

The depth of the Lakers is what makes them so formidable. If LeBron or AD is having an off-night shooting, studs like Dennis Schroder, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope or Montrezl Harrell pick up the slack. Those three are combining to average 36.7 points per game.

However, as much as I can rave about the Lakers and how they look unstoppable, let’s not dismiss the Los Angeles Clippers as viable contenders to win the West at +275. Going into last season, the Clippers were slight favorites over the Lakers and were one of the few teams that could nearly match them in overall talent.

One of the reasons why the Clippers may be the quiet assassins in the West is Paul George. It’s no secret that PG-13 struggled in his first season with the Clip Show but he looks to be settling into his new role as the Robin to Kawhi Leonard’s Batman. Through 19 games, George is averaging 23.7 points and shooting an insane 45.3 percent from behind the arc on an average of 7.8 three-point attempts.

With PG locked in, it changes the potential for how far the Clippers can go. If they’re fully healthy heading into the playoffs, bettors may need to start coming around to the idea that the Clippers could beat the Lakers in a seven-game series.

Are the Utah Jazz for Real?

The Utah Jazz have been notoriously slow starters over the last few seasons but then pick it up after the all-star break. Well, somebody must have given them an urgency injection in the rear end because the Jazz look legit in NBA Western Conference odds.

Defense has typically been the calling card for the Jazz with center Rudy Gobert disrupting opposing offenses at the rim and they’re ranked third in scoring defense, but offensively they’ve really hit their stride, ranking 10th in points scored per game (113.8). Utah has six players averaging double figures in points and none are more noticeable than point guard Mike Conley and sixth man Jordan Clarkson.

Clarkson is the second-leading scorer on the team at 17.4 points per game and has yet to start a game this season. Conley finally seems to have settled into his role after coming over from Memphis. The 14th-year guard has upped his scoring and shooting percentages across the board this season and Utah wouldn’t have started as hot as it has without his impact.

It’s hard to tell at this point whether the Jazz are legit or just taking advantage of their early-season schedule. Only seven of their 21 games have come against teams above .500 and the Jazz are 4-3 SU in those contests. They could surprise bettors this year but teams like the Nuggets (+1100) or Suns (+2000) may offer better value at this stage in NBA Western Conference odds.

How to Understand NBA Western Conference Odds

At any NBA betting site, you’ll notice futures odds displayed like this:

Los Angeles Lakers +105

Los Angles Clippers +275

Denver Nuggets +850

Sacramento Kings +12500

For other betting types, you’ll see favorites indicated with minus signs (-) and underdogs with plus signs (+). When there are no minus signs, the team with the lowest odds is the fave and the rest are dogs. Here, it’s the Lakers that are the faves.

If you were to lay down $100 on the Lakers and they make the NBA Finals,  you’d get a payout of $205 – your original money is returned along with your winnings of $105.

To see how much you’d win based on the odds and amount bet, check out our Odds Calculator.

What is a Basketball Prop Bet?

Any wager on the occurrence or non-occurrence of specific player or team milestones that don’t automatically correlate to the outcome of a certain game is a prop bet. Here you’re betting on the odds for an NBA team to win the Western Conference.

When bookmakers set the lines, they aren’t etched in stone. The odds will change as we move closer to the finals and teams move on or are eliminated from contention. If you come across odds you like, we suggest taking them to get the ultimate value on a winning bet. Taking a team at +900 at the beginning of the playoffs is better than getting them at -200 a week before the NBA Finals.