2020 NBA Championship Odds July Update

  • BetOnline has moved the Houston Rockets to 8/1 in its latest NBA Championship odds
  • Kemba Walker and the Boston Celtics (+1600) are an under-the-radar bet to make the NBA Finals
  • The Brooklyn Nets (+2500) are a longshot unless Kevin Durant returns early  

While the NBA is investigating the timing of early free-agency deals, one could argue it was the late player movement that really reshaped the league.

After green-lighting a monster trade that allowed six-time All-Star Paul George to join up with Kawhi Leonard on the Clippers, the Oklahoma City Thunder then shipped Russell Westbrook to the Rockets for Chris Paul and even more first round picks.

Using the odds at BetOnline, let’s see how the James Harden-Westbrook reunion has impacted the 2020 NBA Championship odds.

2020 NBA CHAMPIONSHIP ODDS

NBA Team Odds
Los Angeles Clippers +350
Los Angeles Lakers +450
Milwaukee Bucks +500
Houston Rockets +800
Philadelphia 76ers +800
Golden State Warriors +1400
Utah Jazz +1400
Boston Celtics +1600
Denver Nuggets +1600
Brooklyn Nets +2500
Toronto Raptors +2500
Indiana Pacers +3300
Portland Trail Blazers +3300
Dallas Mavericks +4000

HOUSTON ROCKETS

You would think pairing the 2017 NBA MVP with the 2018 NBA MVP would have fans and media crying about the formation of yet another “unfair” superteam, but so far the Westbrook-Harden duo has been met with overwhelming skepticism.

At the same time, everyone is rightfully celebrating trade-wizard Daryl Morey for dumping CP3’s hideous contract while bringing in another superstar who can breathe new hope into Houston’s fan base.

Given the questionable depth of both the Lakers and Clippers, and the fact that their former OKC teammate is no longer in Golden State, the two ball-dominant guards at least have a chance to exorcise their playoff demons together.

BOSTON CELTICS

The Celtics claimed tampering after losing five-time All-Star Al Horford to the Sixers in free agency, but the 33-year-old’s departure hardly seems like a deathblow.

Considering Kyrie Irving’s frayed relationship with his teammates and coaches, the former UConn Huskies star should be viewed as an upgrade.

Boston, of course, conducted some quality tampering of their own to sign point guard Kemba Walker to a four-year, $141 million max contract. And considering Kyrie Irving’s frayed relationship with his teammates and coaches, the former UConn Huskies star should be viewed as an upgrade.

With Gordon Hayward another year removed from that gruesome leg injury and both Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown expected to get even better, the Celtics are an enticing dart throw at 16/1 to win the NBA title.

BROOKLYN NETS

About two weeks ago, you may have scrolled across the following headline on your Twitter feed:The Nets Aren’t Ruling Out A Kevin Durant Return Next Season.

With Brooklyn currently listed as a 25-1 underdog, it’s safe to say that Vegas is not buying the injury optimism. And given how an early return put KD in this unfortunate predicament in the first place, neither should you.

That said, the Nets are still a smarter bet than the Raptors, who are somehow still listed at 25-1. Presumably this is in case Kawhi changes his mind and forces his way back to Canada, or perhaps Vegas is still in shock that Toronto won the NBA Championship?

Steve Dominey

Steve has almost 15 years of experience in marketing, PR and sports television. After acquiring a Journalism degree from Carleton University, he assembled highlight packs for Canada's most-watched sports network (TSN) before transitioning to a career in communications. He describes himself as a good father, great dog owner, and mediocre gambler and husband.