For the past several years, the NBA has been dominated by just a few teams. The Golden State Warriors have won the Western Conference five times in a row and only two different teams have won the East during that same span.
The 2019/2020 season gets underway in a few weeks. Early NBA previews and predictions point to a number of teams in the running for this year’s league title. The posted NBA futures odds at MyBookie online sportsbook also confirms this notion. Be sure to check MyBookie’s review and find more odds about the NBA.
NBA Championship Top-Valued Favorites
Los Angeles is the place to be for NBA fans and bettors this season. Offseason moves have sent Anthony Davis to the Lakers to play alongside LeBron James. Kawhi Leonard and Paul George have joined forces on the Clippers to hopefully lead this LA team to championship glory.
The betting odds say both teams are basically favorites with the Clippers at +360 and the Lakers at +365 to win its all. If both teams play to expectations, these numbers are sure to come down as the season wears on.
My take is that the Clippers have a better balance overall. Leonard was the difference in last season’s NBA Finals for Toronto making this LA team the top-valued play out of the West.
One year removed from a bitter loss in the Eastern Conference Finals, the Milwaukee Bucks are third on MyBookie’s NBA futures list to win this year’s league title at +550. Led by Giannis Antetokounmpo as the league’s reigning MVP, the Bucks basically remain intact from a team that won an NBA-best 60 games last year.
The experience of losing that conference championship series should serve Milwaukee well this time around. It also works to add quite a bit of value to its betting odds to go on and win the NBA Championship this season.
NBA Championship Top-Valued Contenders
The Golden State Warriors’ odds to win another title are +750 as the third-best team in the West, but the top-valued pick in this category would be the Houston Rockets at +800.
Behind the play of former MVP James Harden, the Rockets have been the only team in the West to challenge Golden State over the past five years. Reuniting Harden with Russell Westbrook from their days together in Oklahoma City could push Houston into a position to actually win the West this season. The loss of George to the Clippers cannot be ignored, but the Rockets should be the most motivated team in this race given all those near-misses in the past.
I also love the value in the Philadelphia 76ers at +725 odds to win the NBA title. Led by Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, the process has taken this team one step further the past few seasons. Veteran help from the addition of Al Horford should keep things very interesting with the Bucks in the East all season long.
NBA Championship Best of the Rest
The seventh team on the list is the Utah Jazz at +1250 followed by the Denver Nuggets at +1500. The Boston Celtics are the next-best team from the East at +2300. The Portland Trailblazers are another solid team from the West at +2400 before the odds jump all the way to +3600 for the East’s Indiana Pacers.
Any of these teams offer some value at longer odds, but the reality of the way the NBA is set up with groups of elite players battling for championships, none have a realistic chance of making their way past all the teams ahead of them on this list.