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NBA Futures: Is an L.A. Champion a Lock?

by Covers.com
Updated On: January 8, 2020, 4:28 pm ET

As we enter the new year it's time to take a look at the NBA futures odds and see which teams the oddsmakers think are contenders and which ones are pretenders.

After trading for Anthony Davis to be LeBron James' running mate - and also signing a bevy of veterans including Danny Green, Avery Bradley and Dwight Howard - the Lakers are sitting in first place in the Western Conference with a 30-7 record. They currently have the best odds to win the NBA title but share that distinction with a squad that they also happen to share a home court with: the Los Angeles Clippers.

The other L.A. team added Kawhi Leonard and Paul George in the offseason and have cruised to a 26-12 record despite sitting Leonard out in ten games for load management. In the the 28 games that Leonard has played they have gone 21-7, including 2-0 versus the Lakers. 

Reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks have the best record in the NBA and the third-best odds to win the Larry O'Brien Trophy at +350. After the Bucks there is a big drop off to the Houston Rockets and the rest of the field. 

As for Kawhi's old team, the defending champion Toronto Raptors, they sit at just +6000 despite a solid 24-13 start to the year. 

We bring you the updated NBA Championship odds courtesy of our friends from the SuperBook at Westgate.

Teams Odds to win the 2020 NBA Championship (as of Jan 6, 2020)
Los Angeles Lakers +250
Los Angeles Clippers +250
Milwaukee Bucks +350
Houston Rockets +1,200
Philadelphia 76ers +1,400
Boston Celtics +1,800
Denver Nuggets +2,000
Dallas Mavericks +2,500
Utah Jazz +3,000
Miami Heat +4,000
Toronto Raptors +6,000
Indiana Pacers +8,000
Portland Trail Blazers +10,000
Brooklyn Nets +20,000
Oklahoma City Thunder +30,000
New Orleans Pelicans +30,000
San Antonio Spurs +100,000
Orlando Magic +100,000
Sacramento Kings +100,000
Detroit Pistons +200,000
Chicago Bulls +200,000
Golden State Warriors +200,000
Minnesota Timberwolves +200,000
Memphis Grizzlies +200,000
Phoenix Suns +200,000
Atlanta Hawks +1,000,000
Charlotte Hornets +1,000,000
Cleveland Cavaliers +1,000,000
New York Knicks +1,000,000
Washington Wizards +1,000,000


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