The Los Angeles Lakers had their sixth straight losing season in 2018-19 with a record of 37-45 straight up and 35-46-1 against the spread. That stretch of losing seasons is expected to come to an end this year as the Lakers are going off as the second favorite on the odds to win the NBA championship.
The Lakers are going off at +400 on the NBA championship odds for 2020 at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The Lakers traded Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, and draft picks to the New Orleans Pelicans this offseason to secure the services of Anthony Davis. With Davis and LeBron James now in Lakers jerseys, the team has two of the top five players in the NBA this season.
Kyle Kuzma and a whole bunch of free agent signings including DeMarcus Cousins, Rajon Rondo and Danny Green will offer depth behind the Lakers’ dynamic duo.
Not included on the Lakers’ long list of free agent signings is Kawhi Leonard, who opted to join the Los Angeles Clippers instead. Leonard doesn’t come alone either as he helped orchestrate a trade for NBA MVP finalist Paul George to the Clippers. With Leonard and George joining a talented Clippers core that went 50-38 SU and 48-39-1 ATS without a superstar last year, the Clippers are this season’s betting favorite to win the championship at +300.
Leonard’s decision to leave the Toronto Raptors (+2000 to win the championship) is great news for the rest of the Eastern Conference. The Milwaukee Bucks (+500) return most of the key pieces from the team that went 70-27 SU and 57-36-4 ATS last season. Milwaukee was up 2-0 on Toronto in the Eastern Conference Finals before losing four straight; now with a chip on their shoulder and Leonard out West, the Bucks could be tough.
Other potential contenders to win the championship this season on the NBA odds include the Philadelphia 76ers (+800), Golden State Warriors (+1400), Houston Rockets (+1400), Denver Nuggets (+1600), Utah Jazz (+1600), Boston Celtics (+2000) and Brooklyn Nets (+2000).
Philadelphia pushed Toronto to seven games last season and could be even better in 2019-20. Jimmy Butler and J.J. Reddick are out, but Al Horford and Josh Richardson are in.
NBA Championship Betting Odds
Los Angeles Clippers +300
Los Angeles Lakers +400
Milwaukee Bucks +500
Philadelphia 76ers +800
Golden State Warriors +1400
Houston Rockets +1400
Denver Nuggets +1600
Utah Jazz +1600
Boston Celtics +2000
Brooklyn Nets +2000
Toronto Raptors +2000
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