2020 NBA Championship Odds Update After Draft Night

  • 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.

With fun fashion choices and few surprises, there was little movement in the 2020 NBA Championship odds at BetOnline. Let’s try to find some value before free agency tips off on Monday, June 30th.

Odds to Win 2020 NBA Championship

NBA Team Odds
Los Angeles Lakers +350
Milwaukee Bucks +700
Houston Rockets +900
Golden State Warriors +1000
Los Angeles Clippers +1000
Toronto Raptors +1000
Boston Celtics +1200
Philadelphia 76ers +1200
Denver Nuggets +1800
Brooklyn Nets +2500
Utah Jazz +2800
Dallas Mavericks +3300
Indiana Pacers +3300
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.

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.

With “too much damn turmoil” surrounding the Rockets and coach Mike D’Antoni still without a new contract, Houston at 9/1 to win the championship might be the worst bet on the board.

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?

While a title still seems unlikely, pairing Conley with young sharpshooter Donovan Mitchell and defensive stalwart Rudy Gobert makes the Jazz instant contenders.

Steve Starr

Steve is one of the many Americans who spends Sunday watching football on the couch and gorging on delicious eats. He describes himself as a good father, great dog owner, and mediocre gambler and husband.

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