- BetOnline has released updated 2020 NBA Championship odds after the draft
- The Los Angeles Lakers (+350) are the early favorites following the Anthony Davis trade
- The Utah Jazz’s title odds (+2800) improved after acquiring Mike Conley
Thursday night’s NBA Draft went exactly as expected. The Pelicans selected Zion Williamson no. 1 overall, point guard Ja Morant went second to Memphis, the Knicks grabbed Canada’s RJ Barrett in the three-spot, and almost everyone wore a snazzy suit and thanked some combination of mom, dad, and God.
Odds to Win 2020 NBA Championship
|Los Angeles Lakers||+350|
|Golden State Warriors||+1000|
|Los Angeles Clippers||+1000|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||+3300|
*Odds taken on 05/21/19
The Favorite: Los Angeles Lakers
After recommending the Lakers at 7/1 just last week, LA finally completed the Anthony Davis deal and their title odds immediately spiked to 7/2.
While most expect Los Angeles to land a prized free agent such as Kemba Walker or Kyrie Irving to form a big three with AD and LeBron, it’s hard to trust general manager/master storyteller Rob Pelinka after he already bungled the team’s cap space.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) June 15, 2019
Since there’s no longer any value in betting on the Purple and Gold, it’s best to deploy a wait (until free agency) and see approach.
The Odd Couple: Houston Rockets
Given that Ben Simmons and Kendall Jenner have a stronger relationship than James Harden and Chris Paul at this point, it’s a bit curious to see Houston listed with the third-best chance to win next year’s title.
General Manager Daryl Morey is always swinging for the fences, but the team’s lack of cap space suggests that the recent Jimmy Butler rumors are a pipe dream.
Never would have guessed Chris Paul and James Harden hated each other.pic.twitter.com/zUj6ZmmBda
— ??Brick Hithouse? (@DFSBBallGuy) June 18, 2019
The New Contender: Utah Jazz
Before drafting Ja Morant second overall on Thursday night, the Memphis Grizzlies officially ended the Grit & Grind era earlier in the week by shipping franchise point guard Mike Conley to the Jazz.
In a weakened Western Conference, is it possible Larry O’Brien (the championship trophy) relocates to Utah, marries a few sister wives, and settles down?
Six years ago, Utah snagged two first-round picks from the Warriors in a cap dump that netted GSW space for Andre Iguodala. With the Warriors reeling, Utah sent out two first-round picks for Mike Conley — and the potential to challenge anyone in the West: https://t.co/uoImCy4ASl
— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) June 19, 2019
While a title still seems unlikely, pairing Conley with young sharpshooter Donovan Mitchell and defensive stalwart Rudy Gobert makes the Jazz instant contenders.