NBA Championship Odds: Lakers Favored After Clippers Exit

  • Bodog’s updated odds have the Lakers as a -210 lock to win the 2020 NBA Championship
  • The Heat (+425) jumped out to a 1-0 series lead on the Celtics on Tuesday night
  • The Nuggets (+825) still aren’t getting much respect after upsetting the Clippers in 7 games

While Michael Jordan ruled the airwaves in the early days of the pandemic, it is LeBron James who will be adding to his GOAT resume this fall.

After the Clippers’ latest franchise embarrassment, King James looks to have a clear runway to his fourth-career NBA championship.

Let’s look at the latest title odds at Bodog and evaluate whether it’s worth betting on anyone but the Lakers.

2020 NBA CHAMPIONSHIP ODDS

 

NBA Team Odds at Bodog
Los Angeles Lakers -210
Miami Heat +425
Boston Celtics +450
Denver Nuggets +850

CELTICS OR HEAT?

As predicted here, the Heat had no problem with the overrated Bucks in Round 2 and after their 117-114 overtime-win over the Celtics on Tuesday night, now only need three more wins to pay out the +750 bet to win the Eastern Conference that we recommended back in August.

In Game 1 against Boston, Jimmy Butler once again proved clutch, scoring big baskets late in the 4th quarter and overtime. Bam Adebayo also won the Internet (and the game) with a huge block on Jayson Tatum to seal the game.

Unless Kemba Walker can right the ship in a hurry (he is shooting 28.3% from the field and 3-for-22 from 3-point range in his past three games) and provide the Celtics with secondary scoring they need, Miami should advance against their heated rivals.

LAKERS IN A LANDSLIDE

Denver (+850) is now an incredible 6-0 in bubble elimination games, coming back from 3-1 deficits against both the Jazz and Clippers to reach their first Western Conference Finals since 2009.

Nikola Jokic averaged 24.4 points, 13.4 rebounds, 6.6 assists, and 1.4 blocks on 51-35-83 shooting over the series, closing out Game 7 with a spectacular triple-double. Ascending superstar Jamal Murray is running just as hot, pouring in 40 points in the 104-89 victory over Doc Rivers’ club.

Still, we’re dubious that Denver can upend a Lakers (-210) team that had little trouble with Portland or Houston, winning each series in 5 games.

The 35-year-old James is averaging 26.6 points, 10.3 rebounds and 8.8 assists per game in the playoffs despite playing just 34.2 minutes per game, and running-mate Anthony Davis has proven to be the perfect recruit, averaging 27.6 points, 10.9 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.5 blocks this postseason.

Throw “playoff Rondo” into the mix — Rajon averaged 10.6 points, 7.0 assists, and 4.6 rebounds in the second round against the Rockets — and suddenly the Purple & Gold are impossible to beat.

Expect the Lakers to “win one for Kobe” as they cruise to their 17th championship in franchise history.

Best Bet: Lakers (-210) at Bodog.

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.