The Best NBA Title Odds Lie out West
Los Angeles is once again the epicentre of the basketball world. The Clippers have pulled off the unthinkable, somehow convincing NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard to return home after his sojourn to the North. If you live under a rock and haven’t heard, the Clips also added 2018 MVP candidate Paul George in a transcendental swap with the Oklahoma City Thunder. On top of that, the Lakers finally secured the services of all-world forward Anthony Davis, and added key pieces in free agency. The Lakers secured their status as the kings of Southern California, placing themselves directly in the way of their roommates and the throne. But can the long-time titans remain on top?
Sports betting is all about finding value. On paper, the aforementioned “number two”, “PG13”, and Pat Beverley form maybe the most dominate triumvirate of perimeter defense in this era. Leonard is coming off of perhaps the greatest and most efficient post-season in NBA history. His brother in arms George just finished third in MVP voting, while dealing with the eccentric tendencies of Russell Westbrook in Oklahoma City. In addition, key rotation pieces return in the form of the “Six man” Lou Williams and berserker Montrezl Harrell. Having been an afterthought on the L.A. sports scene for so long, the Clippers are easy to root for. At their current favorite price of +325 though are Clips really the most valuable bet to win the 2020 NBA Championship? I think not.
The Los Angeles Lakers now boast perhaps the most dangerous frontcourt in modern times. An off-season trade procured Lebron James his superstar running mate in Davis, while returning the aura to Staples Center. Their recruiting pitch brought Davis former teammate, Demarcus Cousins along for the ride. Heartbreakingly, Boogie has since suffered a torn ACL in his left knee. Dashing his hopes of playing with his friends this year in L.A. The Lakers though, are reportedly looking toward an old flame for help.
It has been widely reported the Lakeshow plan to meet with current Memphis Grizzlies centre Dwight Howard. What a story it would be if “Superman” were to return to SoCal, and help lead the new-look Lakers to a title. When the Lakers are good, so is the NBA. In the eyes of Vegas, the Lakers have the second best odds to win the 2020 NBA Title at +440. If you believe in a resurgence from “the King”, who should receive a boost from his incredulously improved supporting cast, bet on the Lakers to win. It’s not rocket science to put stock into the league’s best player, but it works.
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What Stars in the East and West are Driving the NBA Title Odds?
Additionally, teams like the Denver Nuggets are preparing to pounce in a vastly different NBA landscape. The up and coming Nuggets finished last year with 54 wins, and led the stacked Western Conference for long stretches. Coach Mike Malone’s squad comes in +2000 to win the title, a number that should only fall in the coming months. The Nuggets very quietly boast perhaps the best young nucleus of talent in the NBA. Led by vastly underrated superstar Nikola Jokic, and surrounded by a host of sharpshooting versatile swingmen, Denver is fully prepared to attack the stacked Western Conference. Furthermore, the young team finally appear ready to make a breakthrough and 2020 may be their year. Throw some cash on the Nuggets, and strap in for the ride, Denver could be your ticket to mountains of cash.
Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks will walk into next season as the favorites in the Eastern Conference. At +550, the Bucks are a real threat. Having Giannis, surrounded by a bevy of shooters, ready to pounce allows Milwaukee to play a brand of free-flowing basketball that is the envy of many around the league. Accompanied by fellow All-star Khris Middleton, bullish point guard Eric Bledsoe, and a host of accomplished veteran role players, the Bucks are set to be a contender for years to come. However, there are concerns over Giannis’ workload. Representing Greece at this summer’s FIBA World Championships, “The Greek Freak” will have very little time to rest and recuperate before an NBA season that may see his team playing into next June.
Will he be able to remain the very best version of himself through a taxing season? Only the very best of Giannis will bring Milwaukee to the summit of pro basketball, especially with the loss of versatile guard Malcolm Brogdon. The 26 year old, 6’5 swingman never seemed to miss in the Bucks Eastern Conference Finals series. A career 40% three point shooter who can legitimately guard three positions will be sorely missed on any contending team. Even still, Milwaukee will be in the 2020 NBA Championship conversation.