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Odds to Win the NBA Western Conference: All Eyes On Clippers and Lakers

NBA Western Conference Betting Odds Nov 17 19, 2019

The NBA’s Western Conference is where the true championship contenders tend to play and it’s a worthy gauntlet to the NBA Finals. Two teams with overwhelming expectations are the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers and through the first month of the season, they remain co-favorites to win the West in 2020.

Online sportsbook Bovada has the Lakers and Clippers each at +200, although the Lakers have the edge in the standings and are first in the West at 10-2 SU. Following these two juggernauts are the Houston Rockets (+500), Utah Jazz (+800) and Denver Nuggets (+850) to round out the top five on the oddsboard.

After the Nuggets, the odds jump significantly with the next team being the Dallas Mavericks at +3000.

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 two teams from Hollywood have been nothing short of spectacular in the opening month of the season.

The Lakers obviously shine with LeBron James at full strength and while his scoring numbers have dipped (24.3 points per game this season), he’s been dropping dimes and leads the NBA with 11.1 assists per game.

Life is much easier for the King this season with Anthony Davis running the floor and the Brow has spearheaded the Lake Show’s defense. He leads the NBA by averaging three blocks per game and it’s not a coincidence that the purple and gold rank third in the league in points allowed per game.

But as electric as the Lakers have looked, they know their Staples Center roommates, the Clippers, are no joke and are one of two teams to beat them this season. The Clip Show may be 8-5 SU through 13 games but Kawhi Leonard looks as dominant as ever even though he’s nowhere to be found for back-to-back games.

Bettors may not enjoy the load management stuff for Kawhi but it’s actually helpful when taking the Clippers for this betting prop because you want Leonard to be at full strength for the playoffs.

What’s even more amazing about the Clippers is that we are this far into the article and haven’t even mentioned the arrival of SF Paul George. Kawhi’s new running mate made his debut this past week and in two games, he erased the doubts about his shoulder surgeries with back-to-back games of 30-plus points.

If PG-13 and Kawhi are locked and loaded with a fully healthy Clippers roster, no team in the Western Conference is beating them in a seven-game series. With a lot of basketball to play, +200 may seem like risky odds,  but when the postseason starts, those odds will plummet.

See the most up-to-date NBA championship odds here.

Odds To Win NBA Western Conference 2019-20
Los Angeles Clippers+200
Los Angeles Lakers+200
Houston Rockets+500
Utah Jazz+800
Denver Nuggets+850
Dallas Mavericks+3000
Portland Trail Blazers+4000
San Antonio Spurs+5000
Minnesota Timberwolves+5500
Golden State Warriors+6600
Phoenix Suns+7500
New Orleans Pelicans+8000
Oklahoma City Thunder+10000
Sacramento Kings+12500
Memphis Grizzlies+15000

Odds as of November 17 at Bovada

What is a Basketball Prop Bet?

This is a bet on the occurrence or nonoccurrence of specific player or team milestones that may not directly affect the outcome of a certain game. In this case, the prop is a bet on a team to win the Western conference.

How to Understand NBA Western Conference Odds

At any betting site, you’ll notice prop odds displayed like so:

LA Clippers +500

Houston Rockets +850

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, the rest are dogs. Here, it’s the Clippers.

If you were to lay down $100 on the Rockets, you’d get a payout of $950 – your original money is returned along with your winnings of $850. To see how much you’d win based on the odds and amount bet, check out our Odds Calculator.

When oddsmakers come up with the odds they aren’t set in stone. They will change them as the season moves along and teams improve on the court or stumble their way into losses. If you see odds you like, take them ASAP to get optimal betting value if you win your wager.