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Odds to Win the NBA Western Conference: Lakers Have Slight Edge Over Clippers

NBA Western Conference Betting Odds February 8, 2020

The NBA has a formal plan to resume play on July 31 that will see an NBA champion crowned in 2020 and the Los Angeles Lakers are the betting favorite to represent the Western Conference in the NBA Finals.

The Lakers have +125 odds to be the last team standing from the Western Conference for a chance to win the title at the NBA’s bubble city in Orlando, Florida. The Lakers had the best record in the West before the league suspended its season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Following the Lakers in the West are the Los Angeles Clippers (+185), Houston Rockets (+900), Denver Nuggets (+1500) and Utah Jazz (+2000) to round out the top five teams on the oddsboard for the Western Conference championship.

This is an unconventional NBA playoff structure in 2020 so if you’re new to betting and want to know how to bet on basketball, what NBA futures are, or even how betting works without fans in attendance, click on these links to get you up to speed.

Odds To Win NBA Western Conference 2019-20
TeamOdds
Los Angeles Lakers+125
Los Angeles Clippers+185
Houston Rockets+900
Denver Nuggets+1500
Utah Jazz+2000
Dallas Mavericks+2000
New Orleans Pelicans+5000
Oklahoma City Thunder+5000
Portland Trail Blazers+6600
Memphis Grizzlies+10000
San Antonio Spurs+30000
Phoenix Suns+50000
Sacramento Kings+75000

Odds as of June 10 at Bovada

Clippers and Lakers On Collision Course

If there’s anything the basketball gods could do for us, it would be to have the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers meet in the Western Conference final. 

The Lakers obviously shine with LeBron James at full strength and while his scoring numbers have dipped (25.6 points per game this season), he’s been dropping dimes and leads the NBA with 10.6 assists per game.

Life is much easier for the King this season with Anthony Davis running the floor and the Brow has anchored the Lake Show’s defense. He’s second in the NBA with 2.4 blocks per game and it’s not a coincidence that the purple and gold ranked fifth in the league in points allowed per game prior to the season being suspended.

Clippers Can’t Be Dismissed

But as electric as the Lakers have looked, they know the Clippers are no joke. The Clip Show were 44-20 SU through 64 games with the amazing duo of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George and a solid roster that goes 10 players deep. They have tons of physicality to throw at LeBron and Davis to make this potential series one for the ages.

If Paul George and Kawhi are locked and loaded with a fully healthy Clippers roster, they’re going to be very tough to beat in a seven-game series and the Clips make a very intriguing bet at +185 to topple the Lakers and get to the NBA Finals.


How to Understand NBA Western Conference Odds

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

Los Angeles Lakers +125

Los Angles Clippers +185

Houston Rockets +900

Denver Nuggets +1200

Sacramento Kings +2500

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 Rockets, you’d get a payout of $1,000 – your original money is returned along with your winnings of $900.

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.