With more than half the NBA season in the books, oddsmakers consider the following Eastern Conference teams as locks to make the postseason: Milwaukee, Toronto, Miami, Boston, Indiana and Philadelphia. Let’s look at the odds for several Eastern Conference teams to make or miss the playoffs.
After dumping Russell Westbrook and Paul George in the offseason, this was supposed to be a rebuilding year for the Thunder, but Sam Presti’s club sits just five games out of the division lead entering Wednesday night’s action.
The New York Yankees (+350) are the 2020 World Series favorites, but what about the cheating Astros (+700), Mets (+1600) and Red Sox (+2500), who all fired their managers after the sign-stealing scandal? We also discuss the latest trade rumors and give some sleeper bets.
While oddsmakers believe the Lightning will find it difficult to overtake Boston’s eight-point lead in the Atlantic Division, they’re bullish on the club’s chances to win Lord Stanley, reinstalling the preseason Cup favorites on top of the board at +700.
The defending Cup champs in St. Louis are heavy favorites to win the Central division at -200, but the Colorado Avalanche (+300) are only six points back entering the All-Star break.
Patrick Mahomes and Andy Reid are favored to win their first Super Bowl, but the Kansas City Chiefs’ dynamic passing attack will have to outscore the San Francisco 49ers’ surging run game. Get the latest odds, point spread, and over/under for Super Bowl 54 on Feb. 2nd, 2020, plus expert betting advice.
Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence (+350) and the Buckeyes’ Justin Fields (+400) are the favorites to win the 2020 Heisman Trophy, but before laying those bets down, don’t forget that Joe Burrow came out of nowhere before this season to claim the award. Which of the two favorites has a better chance to win in 2020?
The Penguins went 18-6-4 with Sidney Crosby on the shelf, the second-best record in the NHL over that span, to climb within striking distance of the division-leading Capitals. Now six points back, do they stand a chance?
Boston has turned out to be the ultimate post-hype sleeper. After not living up to the media’s NBA Finals expectations during a miserable 2018/19 season, the Kyrie-less Celtics are on top of the Atlantic with a 27-11 record.