2020 NBA Betting Odds Shift After Free Agency – Clippers, Lakers and Nets All Making Moves
The 2019-20 NBA betting picture is coming into focus. With free agents making their moves and general managers making trades, the landscape of the NBA has shifted. No longer a clear-cut favorite, the Golden State Warriors aren’t the betting favorite from even just their home state any longer, having been surpassed by both Los Angeles teams.
After the Clippers landed Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, they overtook their in-house rivals as the betting favorites to win the 2020 NBA Finals. The Los Angeles Clippers currently post with +270 odds to take home the title, while the Los Angeles Lakers rest at +350.
Away from California, there are a few Western Conference teams that are worth attention this far away from tip-off. The Houston Rockets are a perennial power in the West, having run into the Golden State Warriors during their run of dominance. Right now, you can get the Rockets at +1100 to win the title in 2020. The Denver Nuggets had the best home record in the NBA in 2018-19 and return a similar team in 2019-20. The Nuggets are available at +2000 to win the championship, so there may be value there. One team that made some big moves this summer was the Utah Jazz, as they added Mike Conley and Bojan Bogdanovic in July. The Jazz can be had at +1500 odds.
In the Eastern Conference, the reigning NBA champion Toronto Raptors lost their biggest piece to free agency this summer, and their +2500 odds to repeat as champs reflect that. Meanwhile, the Milwaukee Bucks return essentially the same team as the one that posted the best overall record in the league last season. The only known quantity in the East, the Bucks can be had for +500 odds to win the title. Meanwhile, both the Philadelphia 76ers and the Brooklyn Nets have made big moves this July. The Sixers replaced JJ Redick and Jimmy Butler with Al Horford and Josh Richardson, while the Nets brought in Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, and DeAndre Jordan. Philly has +850 odds to win the championship in 2020, while Brooklyn boosts +2000 odds, giving them some of the biggest potential value in the Eastern Conference. That will, of course, come down to the health of Kevin Durant and if he’d be able to return in time for the 2020 NBA Playoffs.
Elsewhere in the East, the Boston Celtics lost two big pieces when Kyrie Irving left for Brooklyn and Al Horford left for Philadelphia, but they did bring on Kemba Walker. The Celtics have +1800 odds at the moment. Also worth watching, the Indiana Pacers lost Bojan Bogdanovic to Utah, but added Malcolm Brogdon, T.J. Warren, and Jeremy Lamb. With +4000 odds, a flier on the Pacers to win the East (at +2000 odds) might be worth a look.
Check out the video at the top of this page for an in-depth discussion of the state of the NBA, as Taylor Smith and I break down all of the signings, trades, and outlooks ahead of the 2019-20 NBA season.