On Dec. 22, we’ll be able to witness the commencement of the 2020-21 NBA season after the Finals just concluded in October. And as far as the Western Conference is concerned, there are numerous storylines to follow.

Will the Los Angeles Lakers repeat as champions? Will the Los Angeles Clippers get through the Western Conference Playoffs after failing to do so this past season? Are the Golden State Warriors going to return to their winnings ways even without Klay Thompson?

A number of questions are to be answered as the season progresses and to excite fans even further, DraftKings Sportsbook has released the betting splits and odds for the Western Conference champion.

Western Conference Title Betting Splits
Handle Rank Team Odds % of Handle % of Bets
1 DAL Mavericks +1100 22% 7%
2 GS Warriors +1600 18% 16%
3 POR Trail Blazers +2500 17% 3%
4 DEN Nuggets +1100 15% 10%
5 LA Clippers +275 13% 9%
6 LA Lakers +140 9% 45%
7 PHO Suns +2000 3% 3%
8 MEM Grizzlies +8000 1% 1%
9 NO Pelicans +2800 1% 3%
10 SA Spurs +8000 1% 1%
Provided by DraftKings Sportsbook

 

Partly due to the emergence of star point guard Luka Doncic, the Dallas Mavericks are responsible for 22% of the handle but are only receiving 7% of the total bets.

After winning the Western Conference (and then the NBA Finals) in 2020, the LeBron James-led Lakers are favored at +140, but the difference in handle and bet percentages is a tad bit strange. While the Lakers are responsible for 45% of the bets, they’re only receiving 9% of the handle on DraftKings Sportsbook.

 

 

Bettors actually believe the Warriors could make some noise in the West even without Klay Thompson — the Steph Curry-led squad is responsible for 18% of the handle and 16% of the bets.

After all, they did select James Wiseman No. 2 overall in November’s draft, so he’ll certainly add some firepower to the lineup.

 

 

And finally, we have the Phoenix Suns (+2000) at No. 7 on this list, receiving 3% of both the handle and total bets. No, that’s not a superb percentage for either category, but the reason some bettors are choosing them is partly due to their trade for 10-time All-Star point guard Chris Paul.

The Suns also impressed while performing in the Orlando Bubble. To finish out the regular season during the restart, the Suns went 8-0 in Orlando but didn’t clinch the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference Playoffs, a spot that eventually went to the Portland Trailblazers.

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