The Best NBA Title Odds Stay Bucks, Lakers and Clippers
Welcome back to our weekly Monday midday discussion about which teams are the frontrunners to win the 2020 NBA championship. In no particular order, the list includes the Los Angeles Lakers, the LA Clippers and the Milwaukee Bucks. These teams have dominated the conversation coming into the season, but are there are other teams that have emerged as potential title contenders as well?
Here’s an updated look at the teams with the best odds to win the NBA title this year based upon how they have performed over the past week (Jan. 13 through Jan. 19).
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Third-Best NBA Title Odds: Milwaukee Bucks (+320 – +300 Last Week)
The Milwaukee Bucks kicked off their slate of games with a 128-102 win against the New York Knicks on Jan. 14. They followed that up with a narrow 128-123 win against the Boston Celtics and a blowout 117-97 win over the Brooklyn Nets. For the second straight week, the Bucks posted a perfect 3-0 record and have won nine of their last 10 games overall. Once again, at 38-6, the Bucks are the top team in the league. The Bucks are the top-scoring team in the NBA, they have the best point differential at +12.6 and they are limiting opponents to just 41 percent shooting.
As you’ve probably guessed, that too is the top mark in the league. No, the Bucks don’t have the same level of star power as the other contenders, but they are a ball club that everyone should be keeping a watchful eye as the second half of the season begins.
Second-Best NBA Title Odds: Los Angeles Lakers (+300 – No Change from Last Week)
The Lakers also played three games over the past week, but they did not have the same level of success as the Bucks. As expected, they blew out LeBron James’ former team – the Cleveland Cavaliers – to the tune of 128-99. Unfortunately, in their next outing, the Lakers fell to the Orlando Magic by a narrow 119-118 margin. And in a prime-time game on Saturday night, the Lakers bounced back against the Houston Rockets with a 124-115 win. King James led the way with 31 points and 12 assists and the Lakers also got 37 points from their second unit.
Thanks to a 2-1 mark, the Lakers improved to 34-8. Their win-loss mark is the best record in the Western Conference and the second-best record in the league overall. Additionally, the Lakers have won nine of their previous 10, despite Anthony Davis being sidelined with a tailbone injury over the last four games.
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Top NBA Title Odds: LA Clippers (+300 – No Change from Last Week)
Just like their competition, the Clippers also played three games over the past week. As was the case with the Lakers, the Clippers’ first two opponents were the Cavaliers and the Magic. Following a blowout 128-103 win against the Cavaliers, the Clippers routed the Orlando Magic 122-95. Their third opponent – the New Orleans Pelicans – proved to be a worthy opponent. However, the Clippers came out on top 133-130. For the first time in a while, the Clippers finished their weekly slate of games with an above .500 record. And thanks to their 3-0 mark, they have posted wins in seven of their previous 10 outings.
Thanks to the Denver Nuggets losing to the Indiana Pacers at home for the first time since 2007, the Clippers have moved into second place in the Western Conference. While the Clippers continue to hold down the No. 1 spot on the list, upcoming games the Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat will show if this recent stretch of solid play is an aberration or a sign of things to come.