Betting 2020 NBA Championship Futures

Betting 2020 NBA Championship Futures

Before the 2019/2020 NBA regular season got underway, the Milwaukee Bucks were favored to win the Eastern Conference title and the Los Angeles Lakers had the sight edge over the Los Angeles Clippers to represent the Western Conference in this year’s best-of-seven NBA Finals.

Heading into the second half of April, NBA fans and bettors alike are just hoping that the season can resume after completely shutting things down last month due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Nothing will be decided until May at the earliest, and there are some rumblings that the league might decide to just stay on the shelf until the start of next season. None the less, the online sportsbooks are still taking action on the NBA futures odds to win the 2020 championship.

Betting The Three-Team NBA Race

If the NBA is able to resume play this season, the only thing we know for sure is that Milwaukee is still a heavy favorite to win the East and the Lakers are the top favorite in the West.

The Bucks’ odds to win the conference title are set at -175. The Lakers get the slight edge over the Clippers out West as +100 favorites. The Clippers’ odds to win the conference title are next on the list at +200.

When it comes to the odds to win the 2020 championship, the Bucks and Lakers are set as +225 co-favorites with the Clippers a close third at +300.


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Not knowing how any team will fare coming off such an extended break, going chalk with the favorite seems to be the most logical betting strategy if you were looking for a NBA pick. The odds may be the same but I am giving the Bucks the slight edge. Mainly because the Lakers still have to get past the Clippers in the Western Conference Finals.

Either one of those teams is more than capable of winning a seven-game series against the other playing in the same arena.

Smooth Sailing For the Bucks?

Milwaukee also has the ability to cruise to the NBA Finals as a dominant team in the East. The energy spent winning the West by either LA team could be a factor in another brutal best-of-seven series against the Bucks.

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A few online sportsbooks have actually posted betting lines for all seven games in a matchup between the Bucks and the Lakers as well as for a Bucks vs. Clippers’ seven-game showdown. In either case, Milwaukee is set as a three to four point favorite for all four games at home. It goes into Staples Arena as a slight one-point underdog for each of those three games.

The same simulation in a matchup between both Los Angeles teams in the Western Conference Finals has the Lakers set as 1.5-point favorites as the designated home team for four games. The Clippers are favored by two points when they occupy the home team bench.

A Possible Upset Special

The only team in the East with an outside chance of making it to the NBA Finals is the Boston Celtics as +500 second-favorites to win the conference. The Toronto Raptors are third on the list at +700 before the odds fall off from there.

Boston has spit two games against the Bucks this season with the home team winning each time. The odds that the Celtics go on to win a NBA title have been set at +1200.

The third-favorite to win the West is the Houston Rockets at +900 odds. Those odds climb to +2000 when it comes to winning the league championship.