Bucks Top NBA Championship Odds After All-Star Break

  • BetOnline has installed Milwaukee (+250) as the new favorite to win the NBA championship
  • The Lakers (+275) and Clippers (+350) are headed for a star-studded Western Conference showdown
  • Jayson Tatum’s elevated play makes the Celtics (+1400) an intriguing underdog

This past summer, basketball fans celebrated the end of the Warriors dynasty with renewed hopes for a superteam-free postseason where multiple franchises battle it out for the NBA title.

Following the All-Star Break, while it’s still anyone’s guess who will win the championship, most are confident it will be one of three clubs: the Bucks, Lakers or Clippers.

Let’s examine the latest odds at BetOnline and make a best bet as we barrel towards the playoffs.

ODDS TO WIN NBA CHAMPIONSHIP

Team Current Odds Trending Before Season
Milwaukee Bucks +250 +600
Los Angeles Lakers +275 +450
Los Angeles Clippers +350 +400
Boston Celtics +1400 +2000
Houston Rockets +1400 +600
Philadelphia 76ers +1600 +600
Denver Nuggets +2000 +1600
Miami Heat +2000 N/A
Toronto Raptors +2000 +3300
Utah Jazz +2000 +1200
Dallas Mavericks +3300 N/A
Indiana Pacers +6600 +5000
New Orleans Pelicans +8000 +5000
Oklahoma City Thunder +8000 N/A
Portland Trail Blazers +8000 +3300
Brooklyn Nets +10000 +3300
Memphis Grizzlies +10000 N/A

MILWAUKEE BUCKS

On a 70-win pace, Milwaukee’s odds have jumped from +600 before the season to +250 favorites.

Golden State famously ran out of gas in their 73-win 2015-16 season, losing the NBA Finals to the Cavaliers in seven games. But the three other historically-great teams that racked up 69 or more victories — the 1995-96 Bulls (72), the 96-97 Bulls (69) and the 71-72 Lakers (69) — all went on to claim the championship.

Giannis Antetokounmpo will almost certainly win his second-consecutive MVP after upping his scoring (30.0 PPG) and rebounding totals (13.5 RPG) in his seventh season. Khris Middleton has also proven himself to be the perfect second banana, averaging over 20 points per night with 50/40/90 shooting averages.

Still, questions remain about the Bucks supporting cast and ability to adapt under increased defensive attention after the Raptors locked up Giannis in the Eastern Conference Finals last year.

With Jayson Tatum taking his game to another level over the past month, the better value in the Eastern Conference might be the Celtics (+1400). The third-year forward tied a career-high with 41 points in Sunday’s 114-112 defeat to the Lakers and is averaging career-bests across all categories.

BATTLE FOR LOS ANGELES

The Clippers were far more active than their Staples Center co-tenants at the deadline, picking up power forward Marcus Morris from the Knicks and signing guard Reggie Jackson after he was bought out by the Pistons. While relatively small additions, the moves further increased the Clippers’ one advantage over the Lakers: team depth.

Most would choose to have LeBron James and Anthony Davis over Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, but Doc Rivers’ club is far deeper with guys like Lou Williams, Montrezl Harrell and Patrick Beverley to call on. There’s also the question if whether Kawhi lives inside LeBron’s head after winning the All-Star Game’s Kobe Bryant MVP Award to display in his trophy case with his two NBA Finals MVP trophies.

Still, LAC’s lack of consistency has to be concerning. The Klaw and Co. are on a three-game losing streak and have a number of puke-worthy Ls against sad competition this season: Sacramento (twice), Atlanta, Minnesota, Memphis, OKC, Chicago, San Antonio, New Orleans and Phoenix.

While the Clippers have only managed one seven-game win streak all year, the Purple & Gold have two winning streaks of eight or more games and the Bucks have an 18- and nine-game winning streak under their belt.

Despite having one of the weaker supporting casts in recent memory, the Lakers will likely supplement their roster with buyout candidates such as Dion Waiters and/or J.R. Smith after already snapping up Markieff Morris.

Bet on the combo of LeBron and AD at +275 and pray the two stars stay healthy.

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.