Road to The 2019-20 NBA Finals
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Let’s take a look at the future odds to win the 2019-20 NBA Finals:
- Los Angeles Lakers +300
- Los Angeles Clippers +350
- Milwaukee Bucks +600
- Philadelphia 76ers +750
NBA Power Shift
There has been a power shift in the NBA to the City of Angels.
The Golden State Warriors (+1000), who have dominated the league for the last five seasons, are offering their longest NBA betting odds in years as the two L.A. teams have taken over the role as favorites (2019-20 NBA championship odds provided by Bovada).
The Los Angeles Lakers (+300), led by four-time league MVP LeBron James, are the top pick by oddsmakers to win their first NBA Finals since 2010.
The Los Angeles Clippers (+350), led by two-time NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard, are the second choice. The Clippers have never won a title in the team’s 25-year history.
It should make for an interesting season as the two powerhouses play their home games in the same arena — the Staples Center. The two teams use different courts, seating configurations, scorers tables and even basketball hoops in the same house.
The Milwaukee Bucks (+600), who lost the East Conference final last year, are the third pick, while the Philadelphia 76ers (+750) are the fourth choice. The reigning NBA champion Toronto Raptors (+3300) currently sit at No. 12 on the NBA 2019-20 odds.
NBA Division Predictions
There are six divisions in the NBA, with each team playing a total of 82 regular season games (41 at home and 41 on the road). Let’s take a look at each division in the Eastern and Western conferences, including divisional future odds for each team, and offer some free NBA picks (**-indicates last year’s division winner):
Philadelphia -160 Boston +400 Brooklyn +450 **Toronto +600 New York +15000
Can the reigning champs survive without their superstar in Kawhi Leonard who left T.O. for the Clippers? Maybe for a few games, but not the entire season.
With Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Al Horford and Josh Richardson, this is the 76ers division to lose. Their defense should be among the best in the league. It’s the offense which will be the biggest concern.
The Celtics always seem to be there at the end of the season. Kemba Walker replaces Kyrie Irving at point guard, while Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum and Gordon Hayward need to make significant contributions for Boston to compete in the Atlantic and beyond.
Pick — Boston (+400)
**Milwaukee -1100 Indiana +650 Detroit +3300 Chicago +6000 Cleveland +10000
The Bucks are the team to beat in the Eastern Conference, never mind their division. Milwaukee has a strong starting lineup, anchored by league MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Bucks won the division by 12 games last season with a league-high 60 victories.
The Pacers did add some talented free agents in the offseason, but the loss of three starters and an extended injury to Victor Oladipo will make it tough for Indiana to keep pace with Milwaukee.
The remaining trio of teams will be playing for a top lottery pick again this season.
Pick — Milwaukee (-1100)
Miami -125 **Orlando +150 Atlanta +700 Washington +5000 Charlotte +15000
Every team finished under .500 last season except for the Magic (42-40), making this the worst division in the NBA.
The Heat made the biggest move in the offseason, adding Jimmy Butler. The all-star guard managed to elevate Philadelphia to near-title contention in the playoffs and he might just do the same in Miami. The team has the cap space to go out and add a supporting cast around him.
The Magic are still the team to knock off in the Southeast, especially after management has invested heavily in Nikola Vucevic, Aaron Gordon and Terrence Ross. This is a big team with even bigger hopes.
Pick — Orlando (+150)
Utah +115 **Denver +150 Portland +350 Minnesota +8000 Oklahoma City +15000
The most competitive division last season promises to be a tight race again this year. Four teams made the playoffs in the West, even though none of them reached the finals.
Many have labeled Donovan Mitchell as a budding star in the league. He will need to continue his ascent if the Jazz hope to win the division title for a team that is one of the best on defense but has some issues scoring points.
The Trail Blazers have to contend with the loss of Jusuf Nurkic to start the season, while the young Nuggets seem a player or two from being title contenders. They’re also getting better every year.
Pick — Denver (+150)
L.A. Clippers -150 L.A. Lakers +260 **Golden St. +400 Sacramento +5000 Phoenix +25000
Is this the end of the Warriors’ reign in the Pacific? Golden State has won five straight division titles and three NBA Finals in that run. Now, the team is the third choice in its division after losing superstar Kevin Durant.
It’s like the spotlight has shifted off Oakland and is totally focused on the mix of stars in L.A. The Lakers, who added Antonio Davis in the offseason, may now have the most explosive duo in the game with AD and LeBron James. The rest of the supporting cast just might not matter.
There was already a rivalry there between the Lakers and Clippers. Expect that relationship to explode this season as these two teams not only battle for division bragging rights but overall league supremacy, too.
Pick — Los Angeles Lakers (+260)
**Houston -280 San Antonio +400 Dallas +1100 New Orleans +1200 Memphis +15000
The Rockets and superstar James Hardin have won two straight division titles, only to be knocked out of the playoffs by Golden State. Houston lost Chris Paul, but added Russell Westbrook, which should keep the club among the title contenders.
The Spurs won 48 games last season and had one of the best home records (32-9) in the league. But they still don’t have the firepower to stick with the Rockets.
Pick — Houston (-280)
NBA Finals Prediction
For the last few years, the Golden State Warriors have dominated the futures oddsboard as the most likely team to win the NBA Finals. And bettors were often rewarded as the Warriors won three of the last five championships.
But that has all changed now. Golden State is barely on the map anymore. Sure, they still have Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, but three-pointers won’t be enough to roll through the regular season and playoffs.
Milwaukee should be the force to reckon with in the East, while the two L.A. rivals should battle it out for star power in the West.
Which cast of stars will hoist that trophy next June?
Pick — Los Angeles Clippers (+350)