In two consecutive nights we witnessed a team winning its first ever championship. The St. Louis Blues lifted the Stanley Cup over the Boston Bruins, while the Toronto Raptors finally brought an NBA title to Canada, and Kawhi Leonard actually showed some emotion. The celebration will continue for the North, but every American team will be looking forward to next season.
And that’s what we’ll be doing today. The 2020 NBA title odds are available for betting on the DraftKings Sportsbook, here’s a look at the top 12:
2020 NBA Championship Odds
– Bucks: +500
– Warriors: +700
– Lakers: +700
– Raptors: +700
– Rockets: +800
– 76ers: +1000
– Nuggets: +1200
– Clippers: +1400
– Celtics: +2000
– Nets: +2500
– Knicks: +2500
– Thunder: +2500
Note: All odds provided by DraftKings Sportsbook
It’s an exciting time for the NBA, as it is every season. The NBA Finals conclude and we move into offseason mayhem mode; waiting for Woj bombs and scanning #NBATwitter. Some of the odds for next season’s title race clearly have been adjusted for the potential moves to be made. For example, the Lakers and Knicks are among the top 10 regardless of finishing well outside. On the other hand, the odds for the most recent NBA finalists could be considered generous with the rumors surrounding their biggest superstars. Let’s break down which odds could get worse and which could get better.
The best odds to win the NBA Championship finally have shifted away from the Golden State Warriors. OK, they’re still tied for the second-best odds, but you get the point. Even if Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson decide to stay with the Warriors, it’s likely neither of them will be able to touch the court until 2020 at the earliest. Durant’s Achilles injury could keep him sidelined for an entire season, while Thompson’s ACL tear could take more than six months to recover from. The Dubs still would be a contender without those two, but they wouldn’t be the offensive machine we’ve grown so accustomed to watching. Expect the Warriors’ title odds (+700) to get longer.
The same can be said for the Raptors. Kawhi Leonard faces a huge decision this summer: Stay in Toronto, or leave the defending champs to return to his hometown of Los Angeles? After dethroning the two-time reigning champions, I can’t picture Kawhi wanting to leave an organization, fan base and country that considers him a savior. If he does leave, the Raptors’ title odds (+700) certainly will get longer. Regardless, the rest of the Eastern Conference is poised to grow in competitiveness, so I still would expect their odds to weaken if Leonard stays.
The Houston Rockets are my favorites to have the best record in the Western Conference this season. The core is still intact, and James Harden continues to get better. In a free agency that drastically could change the landscape for a number of teams, the Rockets seemingly will remain stable. They’ve had the best record in the West in one occurrence during the Warriors’ historic five-season run, and with a potential shake up on the horizon, the Rockets’ title odds (+800) could get shorter.
When we talk about stability, we have to mention the Milwaukee Bucks. Giannis Antetokounmpo has proven himself as a force to be reckoned with, leading his team to the best record in the league. With the rest of the Eastern Conference looking to shake things up and bring in big names, the Bucks only will be looking to build on what they already have in place. Khris Middleton is the most notable free agent, but he reportedly moved into a new house in the Milwaukee suburbs, making himself feel at home with the Bucks. Amidst all of the trade and free agency rumors, the Bucks’ title odds (+500) might get even shorter.
With the NBA Draft next week, an Anthony Davis trade potentially still to come and free agency tipping off at the end of the month, we’ll have a lot more to go off of when predicting the 2020 champions. For now, we all should applaud Drake for his performance in the NBA Finals this season.
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