LA Clippers Remain Atop the NBA Title Odds Leaderboard
Another Monday afternoon is upon us, which means that we’re continuing our weekly discussion about the teams have the best odds to win the NBA title this year. Coming into the season, the shortlist of teams included the Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers and the LA Clippers. We had a recent shakeup in the ongoing list for the top NBA coaches.
Will that be the trend for the title contenders as well? Here’s an updated look at where the contenders rank based upon how they performed over the past week (Jan. 20 through Jan. 26).
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Third-Best NBA Title Odds: Milwaukee Bucks (+320 – No Change from Last Week)
The Milwaukee Bucks had two very winnable games on their weekly slate, and they took care of business accordingly. On Jan. 20, they were at home against the Chicago Bulls. Sure, the game was competitive in the first half, with the Bucks leading by a slim one-point margin. But given the talent level of the two teams, the outcome was never in doubt. The Bucks went on to win 111-98. In their next outing against the Charlotte Hornets, the Bucks were trailing 55-50 after the first 24 minutes of action.
As was the case against the Bulls, Milwaukee got in going in the second half and outscored their opponent by a 38-25 margin in the final frame en route to a 116-103, notching their eighth straight win and nine of their last 10 overall. It cannot be said enough how dangerous this team will be and should they run through the conference in the playoffs, they will prove to be more than worthy adversary for the team that comes out of the west.
Second-Best NBA Title Odds: Los Angeles Lakers (+300 – No Change from Last Week)
The Los Angeles Lakers had an up-and-down week during their four-game stretch over the past week. After falling flat in a 139-107 road loss against the Boston Celtics, they bounced back with victories over the New York Knicks (100-92) and Brooklyn Nets (128-113). Unfortunately, the Lakers finished their week on a somber note for a couple of reasons. First, although LeBron James did surpass Kobe Bryant as the third all-time leading scorer, the Lakers fell to the Philadelphia 76ers 108-91.
Then, less than 24 hours later, it was reported that Lakers great Kobe Bryant, his daughter, along with seven other passengers were killed in a helicopter crash. Another reminder to us all about the importance of taking a moment in life for granted. The Lakers have won seven of their last 10 and have the best record in the Western Conference. They will resume playing on Tuesday night against none other than the LA Clippers.
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Top NBA Title Odds: LA Clippers (+300 – No Change from Last Week)
Just like the Lakers, the Clippers also played in four games. They split their first games, posting a win against the Dallas Mavericks followed by a somewhat surprising seven-point loss to the Atlanta Hawks. But for the second straight week, the Clippers finished their week on a high note, with 122-117 win against the Miami Heat and a 112-97 victory over the Orlando Magic to finish at 3-1.
With a combined 6-1 record over the past two weeks, the Clippers have now won eight of their last 10 and they are in a virtual tie with the Utah Jazz for the second-best record in the Western Conference.