Last night, the landscape shook in Los Angeles. And no, I’m not talking about the earthquakes. The Clippers changed everything when it was announced that Kawhi Leonard and Paul George were headed to SoCal, and not to play for the Lakers. Since the news broke, 64% of the handle has been placed on the Clippers to win the 2019-20 NBA Championship.
The odds have been updated on the DK Sportsbook, and things are looking MUCH different than they were just a week ago:
2019-20 NBA Championship Winner Odds
– Clippers: Pre-Free Agency (+1200), Current Odds (+275)
– Lakers: Pre-Free Agency (+350), Current Odds (+375)
– Bucks: Pre-Free Agency (+500), Current Odds (+600)
– 76ers: Pre-Free Agency (+1000), Current Odds (+900)
– Warriors: Pre-Free Agency (+800), Current Odds (+1200)
– Rockets: Pre-Free Agency (+800), Current Odds (+1400)
– Jazz: Pre-Free Agency (+2500), Current Odds (+1800)
– Nuggets: Pre-Free Agency (+1200), Current Odds (+1800)
– Nets: Pre-Free Agency (+2500), Current Odds (+2200)
– Raptors: Pre-Free Agency (+750), Current Odds (+2200)
– Celtics: Pre-Free Agency (+2500), Current Odds (+2200)
Note: All odds provided by DraftKings Sportsbook
Well, at least Toronto got its championship. Now the Raptors will have to rebuild while reminiscing on the good times (one season) with Kawhi. Perhaps even lonelier is Russell Westbrook in Oklahoma City. He’s watched James Harden, Kevin Durant and, as of last night, Paul George leave the Thunder and move on to bigger and better things. And to the delight of some LA fans, but the disgust of many others, the Clippers are the favorites to win the 2019-20 NBA Finals.
This offseason has been undeniably insane, but the dust is likely beginning to settle. The Clippers (+275) and the Lakers (+375) are the Western Conference frontrunners. And while the Leonard news is heartbreaking for Toronto fans, the entire Eastern Conference will perk up at the sight of a far easier path to the Finals.
The Bucks (+600) are the favorites in the East, but I have my eyes on two other teams. First of which are the 76ers (+900). Sure, Jimmy Butler is gone. But after adding Tobias Harris, Josh Richardson and Al Horford, Philly is shaping up to be the deepest team in the East. Speaking of Horford, his former team is my second favorite to make it through the Eastern Conference. And no, obviously I don’t mean the Hawks. The Celtics (+2200) have the same odds as the Nets and Raptors, but I believe that’s going to change. Kyrie Irving has been replaced by a much less theatric Kemba Walker, and Enes Kanter will come in to fill the void left by Al Horford. With Gordon Hayward and the young talents of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown still in full force, I don’t see Brooklyn or Toronto being on the same level as Boston.
If you’re on the DK Sportsbook, you’ll notice that you can also bet on a location to win the NBA Championship. So, if you believe in a Kyrie Irving-led Nets team or you’re holding on to hope with the Knicks, you can take New York state (+2200) to be Finals winners this season. You can also go with shorter odds and take California (+115) if you think the Kings, Warriors or either Los Angeles team will take home the title. If you’re like me and you don’t want either of those states to win, you can bet on any other team at -121.
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