- BetOnline’s updated odds have the Lakers as a -350 favorite to win the 2020 NBA Championship
- The Heat (+280) are 7-0 in the postseason when Jimmy Butler scores 20+ points
- Anthony Davis is averaging 28.8 points, 9.3 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.2 blocks per game in the playoffs
The last Lakers’ championship was in 2010 when Kobe Bryant got his fifth and last title. Since that time, LeBron James has been in the NBA Finals nine out of ten seasons.
To honor Kobe and capture his fourth-career NBA championship, King James now has to defeat the the coach and franchise he won his first two titles with back in 2012 and 2013.
With the oddsmakers at BetOnline installing Los Angeles as huge -350 favorites to win the Larry O’Brien Trophy, let’s breakdown the matchups to see if the Miami Heat have a chance to play spoiler.
2020 NBA CHAMPIONSHIP ODDS
|NBA Team||Series Prices at BetOnline|
|Los Angeles Lakers||-350|
JIMMY BUTLER VS. LEBRON
Jimmy Butler has the big body and gritty attitude necessary to keep James from bullying his way inside. And with LeBron shooting just 32.5 percent on 3-pointers this postseason, Butler’s defense will be key in slowing down the Lakers’ attack.
The question then becomes if Jimmy Buckets will have any energy left over for the offensive end. While the Heat rely on Goran Dragic, Tyler Herro, Jae Crowder and Duncan Robinson for secondary scoring, they are 7-0 in the playoffs when Butler scores 20 or more points, and just 5-3 when he goes under that number.
LeBron James’ game-winner over Jimmy Butler in the 2015 playoffs 👑 pic.twitter.com/lPQXb0nBBh
— The Hoop Network (@TheHoopNet) September 29, 2020
If you like LBJ to get the better of this matchup, placing a -145 bet on James to win his fourth-career NBA Finals MVP could offer more value than taking the Lakers to win the series at -350.
ANTHONY DAVIS VS. BAM ADEBAYO
Making the leap in his third year in the league, Bam Adebayo was the best big man on both ends of the floor in series wins over the Pacers, Bucks and Celtics, averaging 18.5 points, 11.4 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 0.9 blocks, and 1.2 steals per game.
The only problem is he now has to square off with Anthony Davis, who has averaged 28.8 points on 57.1 percent shooting, 9.3 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.2 steals, and 1.2 blocks per game. The only player in NBA history to reach those marks in the postseason is Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Anthony Davis the last time the Lakers made the NBA Finals pic.twitter.com/HrTHnYoAJW
— SB Nation NBA (@SBNationNBA) September 27, 2020
AD got the better of Bam in two regular-season wins, averaging almost three times as many points (29.5 to 11.5) while matching him in rebounds and assists, however those contests happened way back in 2019.
For the first time in NBA history, this year’s Finals features two teams that didn’t make the postseason the previous year, but both teams left no doubt they belong, compiling a 12-3 record in the playoffs to this point.
While Miami has the far deeper team and the better bench boss in Erik Spoelstra, who will soon become only the eighth coach to appear in a fifth NBA Finals, it’s hard to imagine this strange season ending without LeBron hoisting his fourth-career title in the Disney World bubble.
We thank the Heat for rewarding our faith in them and becoming the third-lowest seeded team to reach the NBA Finals since 1984, but we like the Lakers in 5 games.
Game 1 of Heat-Lakers is Wednesday night at Walt Disney World. Get NBA Series Odds and Game Lines at BetOnline.