The NBA is still deciding how and when it will restart its season in light of suspension of play due to the current coronavirus outbreak. All league play came to a halt immediately in mid-March when Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert was the first player to test positive for the virus.
The NBA has been going through its paces ever since.
There is speculation as to when play might be able to resume. The best guess estimates tags June or July as the two most likely months.
Bettors and fans alike have to accept the fact that it will be later than sooner. China suspended play in late January and that league is still trying to get back on the court. An April 1 start date has now been pushed back to later that month or in early May.
The stoppage of play on the court has not stopped the top-rated online sportsbooks from updating their NBA futures odds to win the Eastern and Western Conference title as well as the 2020 Championship.
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The odds have definitely been adjusted since that mid-March time frame. Fewer teams with lower odds fill the top of the list. When it comes to betting NBA futures to win the Western Conference title, that list begins and ends in Los Angeles.
Los Angeles and The 2020 NBA Western Conference Futures
California has been one of the harder hit states by the coronavirus. It is also home to two of the best teams in the NBA.
While Golden State was the Gold Standard for professional basketball the previous five seasons, both teams residing in Los Angeles are trying to assume that role.
Both teams just so happen to play at the same venue (Staples Arena) so travel concerns will not be an issue if they face one another in the best-of-seven conference finals.
When it comes to betting odds, the Lakers are the clear favorites at +100 to win the West.
The Clippers are +200 second-favorites.
The Lakers feature the duo of LeBron James and Anthony Davis while the Big Two with the Clippers are Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.
As far as the supporting cast, you could safely argue that the Clippers have the overall edge to add some value to their higher odds. Leonard was able to carry a talented Toronto Raptors’ roster to a NBA title last season.
James trumps that by playing in the NBA Finals eight seasons in a row while with the Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers.
At this point, with quite a few unknowns flying around in the air, the Clippers would be the value pick strictly based on the posted odds. Betting against James getting his team back to the NBA Finals definitely comes with added risk, but given the current situation, watching him try is all we can ask for at this point.
The Houston Rockets were the only team in the West that gave Golden State some trouble on route to the Warriors’five-straight conference titles. Led by James Harden, the Rockets added Russell Westbrook to the lineup this season as the possible answer to a deeper playoff run.
When play stopped, Houston was sixth in the West standings (40-24) and 9.5 games in back of the first-place Lakers. The Rockets are third on the updated futures list to win the West at +900.
Getting past one LA team in a best-of-seven series is a possibility. Getting past both is a tall task to say the least.
Following Houston is the Denver Nuggets (+1400) and the Utah Jazz (+1600) rounding out the Top 5.
A big part of the services that my marketing company, Blue Pointe Advisors, LLC offers is written content for sports betting websites. I have been working as a full-time sports betting writer for the past nine years following a previous career in the field of sales and marketing.
I consider myself extremely fortunate to be able to write about my true passion in life; the world of sports. I also enjoy concentrating the bulk of my pieces towards the betting angle in sports.
It is always a challenge to take past results and current form to try and correctly determine a future result. Sports brings out the unpredictability in what should be a fairly predictable outcome based on the stats, facts and recent trends in a particular matchup. The one thing that I have learned over the past decade or so is that when it comes to betting on sports there is no such thing as a lock.
The main objective with my writing style is to create insightful articles on a wide variety of sporting topics that can provide an edge to today's sophisticated online player. While there are times when my predictions fall well short of the actual outcome, I still enjoy trying to come up with a logical explanation to support my views on every pick I make.
My love of sports started a long time ago when I was just a kid growing up just outside Philadelphia. While I was a big Phillies, Flyers and 76ers fan, my number one team was always the Eagles. My dad was a season ticket holder from 1961 to 2002 and I would honestly say that he missed less than a handful of games than more than a few dismal seasons.
I was fortunate enough to go to a number of Eagles’ games back in the day including the 1980 NFC Championship when Wilbert Montgomery ran roughshod over the bitter rival Dallas Cowboys to lead Philly to their first appearance in a Super Bowl. Flash forward 40 years later and am I still celebrating the thrilling victory over New England in Super Bowl LVII. I know that my dad was smiling down on that one.