2019-20 NBA Finals Betting Odds – Anthony Davis, Lakers Preseason Favorites

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The Toronto Raptors brought Golden State’s bid for a three-peat to a screeching halt in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals, claiming the first NBA Championship in franchise history. In the same series, the Warriors’ dynasty itself may have begun its collapse, as Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson both went down with major injuries during the Finals. Now, as we look towards the 2020 NBA Finals, the field appears much more open than it has in quite some time.

Durant is still scheduled to hit the open market this summer, and reports indicate that he may still have a few suitors offering him the contract he had been hoping for prior to the injury. Thompson’s injury is going to keep him out until the calendar has rolled into 2020, and Durant—even if he were to return to the Warriors for another season—would be unlikely to return to the hardwood until closer to the NBA Playoffs beginning (or even later).

Also throwing a wrench into Golden State’s plans to try and keep their streak of NBA Finals appearances intact are the Los Angeles Lakers. One year after acquiring LeBron James, the Lakers started the postseason as the Westgate’s betting favorites to win the NBA Championship in 2020. This is despite having missed the Playoffs in 2019 and having only made a coaching change to that point. However, in the first few days of the 2019 offseason, the Lakers made the first major splash of the summer when they acquired Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans. The price was high, but it gives Los Angeles yet another superstar and instantly legitimizes them as a potential favorite in the Western Conference.

The fallout of that trade reached beyond the West. The New York Knicks have long been rumored to try and make a big push during the summer of 2019, but have now struck out two or three times already. The Draft Lottery didn’t go their way, as New Orleans ended up being granted the #1 pick, and now two of the potential big summer acquisitions (Durant and Davis) either have major issues (Durant’s injury) or have landed elsewhere (Davis traded to Los Angeles). The day after the NBA Finals ended, the Knicks were +2000 to win the 2020 NBA Championship. After the Anthony Davis trade was finalized, New York became distant +5000 longshots.

The reigning NBA Champions begin the summer with +1000 odds. That number is almost guaranteed to shift at some point in the coming weeks and months, as NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard is a free agent. If the Raptors re-sign him, it would stand to reason that their odds would jump to somewhere in the neighborhood of current Eastern Conference favorite, Milwaukee (+600). If Leonard were to go elsewhere (like the Los Angeles Clippers, whose odds have moved between +600 and +700 so far this summer, are a rumored potential landing spot for the Los Angeles native), the Raptors’ chances and odds of a repeat would likely plummet. That would also impact odds for teams like the Bucks and the Philadelphia 76ers, currently the third-favorite out of the Eastern Conference at +1200.

Watch the video above as Taylor Smith and Drew Goldfarb break down the odds for this way-too-early 2020 NBA Finals preview. You can find a complete listing of the Westgate’s odds (current as of June 17, 2019) below.

  • Los Angeles Lakers +300
  • Milwaukee Bucks +600
  • Los Angeles Clippers +700
  • Houston Rockets +800
  • Toronto Raptors +1000
  • Golden State Warriors +1200
  • Philadelphia 76ers +1200
  • Boston Celtics +1600
  • Denver Nuggets +1600
  • Oklahoma City Thunder +2000
  • Brooklyn Nets +2500
  • Utah Jazz +3000
  • Portland Trail Blazers +3000
  • Dallas Mavericks +4000
  • New York Knicks +5000
  • San Antonio Spurs +6000
  • Indiana Pacers +6000
  • New Orleans Pelicans +6000
  • Orlando Magic +8000
  • Atlanta Hawks +8000
  • Memphis Grizzlies +10000
  • Chicago Bulls +10000
  • Sacramento Kings +10000
  • Phoenix Suns +10000
  • Detroit Pistons +20000
  • Charlotte Hornets +20000
  • Miami Heat +20000
  • Washington Wizards +20000
  • Cleveland Cavaliers +20000
  • Minnesota Timberwolves +20000
Drew Goldfarb

Drew has been covering sports professionally since 2007, covering sports of all kinds in the ACC, SEC, Big 12 and Conference USA. In addition to covering college sports, he also spent two seasons working with the NHL's Florida Panthers as part of their TV broadcast team, as well as reporting and anchoring for AT&T SportsNet and FOX Sports affiliates, CBS Sports Network and ESPNU. Drew has also ...

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