NBA Draft: Check. NBA Awards: Check. Next up: NBA Free Agency. With so much happening around the league, bettors are already taking their picks for the 2019-20 championship. We’re going to take a look at the top 10 teams that bettors are favoring on the DK Sportsbook.
To Win the 2019-20 NBA Title1. By Handle and Bets: Lakers
2. By Handle and Bets: 76ers
3. By Handle and Bets: Clippers
4. By Handle and Bets: Nets
5. By Handle: Jazz, By Bets: Pelicans
6. By Handle: Trail Blazers, By Bets: Jazz
7. By Handle: Pelicans, By Bets: Warriors
8. By Handle and Bets: Nuggets
9. By Handle: Celtics, By Bets: Bucks
10. By Handle: Warriors, By Bets: Trail Blazers
Note: All odds provided by DraftKings Sportsbook
The first thing you may have noticed is that the defending champs aren’t on that list. The Toronto Raptors (+750), despite beating the big, bad Warriors, are at risk of losing Kawhi Leonard to free agency. Leonard could land in Los Angeles, his hometown, most likely with the Clippers. The Raptors are still going to pursue the Finals MVP, and if they succeed in re-signing him, they’ll be right back in championship contention. We should also note that the Raptors have the third-shortest odds to win the 2019-20 title. Since there is so much uncertainty right now, bettors are gravitating towards longer-shot teams who could benefit from the free agency frenzy.
Everyone is aware that the Lakers (+350) are bringing Anthony Davis and LeBron James together, creating one of the league’s most dynamic duos. They are the favorites to win it all next season, but the other team from Los Angeles isn’t far behind in bettors’ minds. The Clippers (+1200) are third on the list. Kawhi is scheduled to meet with them on July 2, but the Clippers have also shown interest in Al Horford and even Kevin Durant. It’s no secret that the Clippers want to be the top team in Los Angeles, but if they make the right moves, they could be at the top of the NBA.
The Brooklyn Nets (+2500) are reliant on free agency to make a run for the title, as they are hopeful to bring Durant, Kyrie Irving and possibly DeAndre Jordan together. If you strongly believe the Nets will sign at least two of those three stars, the odds are most likely at their longest right now. But the Philadelphia 76ers (+1000) are a bit more sure-footed heading into July. Yes, they’ll have to compete for Jimmy Butler’s contract, but they still have the rest of their core group in tact. Adding a few supplementary weapons while benefitting from some big changes to the other Eastern Conference contenders’ lineups could catapult Philly to the top.
Out of the five teams with the shortest odds to win the 2019-20 championship, just three are in the bettors’ top 10. The Houston Rockets (+800) are off the list with the Raptors. Bettors are favoring the Warriors (+800) over the Raptors. Yes, the Warriors who lost to the Raptors in the NBA Finals this season. Yes, the Warriors who will be without Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson due to injuries. Yes, the Warriors who will now have to go up against a James-Davis pair in LA, as well as facing a field of teams in the Western Conference that continues to grow in competitiveness. I suppose some people just don’t want the dynasty to die.
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