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

The Western Conference in the NBA is typically stacked with high-end teams like the Los Angeles Lakers, who are pegged as the favorites to win it again in 2021.

The Lakers sit as +105 faves in NBA Western Conference odds to advance to the NBA Finals and play the Eastern Conference winner for the NBA championship. The Lakers are 6-2 SU through eight games for the best record in the West after two weeks of the regular season.

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Their Staples Center roommates, the Los Angeles Clippers, are the second team on the board to win the Western Conference at +275 odds and look to be clicking early with wins over the Lakers, Nuggets, Blazers and Suns.

The odds take a massive jump after the two Los Angeles squads, with the Denver Nuggets at +850, the Dallas Mavericks at +1100 and the Utah Jazz at +1500 to round out the top five Western Conference teams.

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+105
Los Angeles Clippers+275
Denver Nuggets+850
Dallas Mavericks+1100
Utah Jazz+1500
Phoenix Suns+1600
Portland Trail Blazers+1800
Golden State Warriors+3000
Houston Rockets+3300
New Orleans Pelicans+3500
Memphis Grizzlies+8000
San Antonio Spurs+8000
Sacramento Kings+12500
Minnesota Timberwolves+15000
Oklahoma City Thunder+20000

Odds as of January 6 at Bovada

Why The Lakers Are Favored To Win The Western Conference

I explained a lot of this in my NBA championship preview as the Los Angeles Lakers are the title odds favorites, so it makes sense they would be huge faves in the NBA Western Conference odds.

The Lakers obviously have a great all-star duo in LeBron James and Anthony Davis but last season’s bench depth was an easy thing to point to when trying to diagnose weaknesses. Well, that issue has been all but resolved since they traded for Dennis Schroder from the Thunder while also signing reigning Sixth Man of the Year Montrezl Harrell. That duo is averaging a combined 28.1 points per game to complement the Lakers’ star 1-2 punch.

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.

The additions of Serge Ibaka and Luke Kennard are exactly what the Clip-Show needed to address some of their shortcomings and Ibaka is crucial to matching up with Anthony Davis in a potential playoff series. Basketball fans and bettors were robbed of an epic all-Los Angeles series last season and I think we get that in the Western Conference final in 2021.

Can The Suns Challenge For The West Crown?

Coming out of the gate at 5-2 SU through the first seven games of the season, it’s safe to say the Chris Paul effect is working for the Phoenix Suns. The basement dweller-turned-contender was an undefeated wonder in the Orlando bubble and has seemed to carry that momentum through the first two weeks of the season.

One of the immediate differences you see in the 2021 version of the Suns is their defensive effort. They rank first in points allowed per game (100.6) while playing a methodical pace that allows the competition to put up an average of only 82.4 shots per game, which ranks second in the NBA.

It’s still fairly early to consider the Suns to come out of the West but if Chris Paul is healthy and Devin Booker continues to be an offensive dynamo, it’s hard to pass up on their +1600 odds to win the Western Conference.

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.