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NBA Championship odds: Lakers, Bucks favorites as NBA plans restart

NBA Championship odds

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It’s all about LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo when it comes to NBA Championship odds.

At least for the gambling public. With the return of the NBA set for July in a 22-team format, the NBA futures odds to win the title have gone up at sportsbooks. Not surprisingly, LeBron and the Lakers, and Antetokounmpo and the Bucks, are the betting favorites. Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers are close behind, with a considerable drop off after that.

Here are the current odds (with money won on a $100 bet):

Los Angeles Lakers+200+270
Milwaukee Bucks+275+240
Los Angeles Clippers+325+340
Houston Rockets+1500+1200
Boston Celtics+1500+2000
Toronto Raptors+1700+2400
Denver Nuggets+2200+2500
Miami Heat+4000+2700
Philadelphia 76ers+2500+2700
Utah Jazz+6000+2900
Dallas Mavericks+3500+3600
Brooklyn Nets+6000+6000
Indiana Pacers+12500+10000
Oklahoma City Thunder+6000+10000
New Orleans PelicansN/A+12000
Memphis Grizzlies+50000+21000
Portland Trail Blazers+7500+21000
San Antonio Spurs+100000+21000
Orlando Magic+75000+25000
Phoenix Suns+50000+25000
Sacramento Kings+200000+25000
Washington Wizards+100000+25000

A few quick thoughts on these NBA Championship odds:

• Brooklyn is only at 60/1 odds because of Kevin Durant’s possible return to the court — except that’s not happening. Even if he could, Kyrie Irving is not recovered from his March surgery yet, and no way KD is coming back without Irving.

• Along those same lines, John Wall is not returning for the Wizards this season.

• The best bet on the board? I would say the Clippers.

• If I had to bet who will end up with the eighth seed in the West, I would take Portland. New Orleans and Memphis both have a legitimate shot, but Portland gets Jusuf Nurkic and Zach Collins both back, and that was a 50+ win team with those two the season before.

• I’m basing my thoughts on what happened before March 11, and all of that feels somewhat irrelevant heading into this unprecedented situation.