Last Updated on August 14, 2020
Since the NBA returned in late July, bettors are all over the Lakers and the Clippers. The two Los Angeles teams are the top seeds in the Western Conference and bettors are putting their faith in these star-laden squads. The Clippers are first in total tickets placed with 14%, followed by the Toronto Raptors at 11% and the Lakers at 10% at William Hill Sportsbook.
However, when it comes to the money put down on NBA championship futures, no teams are close to the Lakers and Clippers. LeBron James and the Lakers are bringing in 34% of the cash while Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, and the Clippers are trailing with 23% of the cash. The next closest team is the Raptors with a measly 7%.
NBA Title odds show that the Lakers and Clippers are two of the favorites to win it all and bettors are acting accordingly.
It's been two weeks since the NBA's return 🏀
From July 30 on, LA teams lead the way in title futures. 🏆 The Clippers have received 14% of the tickets & the Lakers have gotten 34% of the dollars wagered.
See how this compares to trends before the restart + notable wagers. ⬇️
— William Hill US (@WilliamHillUS) August 12, 2020
NBA Betting Splits Don’t Reflect What’s Happening In The Bubble
The public is going heavy on the Lakers and Clippers, which is understandable considering how well both teams have played all year. With that said, both teams have issues going into the playoffs. While they’ve been able to maintain their positions at the top of the Western Conference standings, they haven’t looked great doing so.
The Lakers are 3-4 in the bubble so far. They haven’t had much to play for in terms of seeding so they’ve been resting guys and taking it easy. But still, the Lakers have some serious issues. They’ve only converted on 64 of their 226 three-point field goals in the bubble. If that percentage doesn’t improve, that could spell trouble in a playoff series.
For the Clippers, they still haven’t had much time as a complete unit to build chemistry. Injuries, rest, and trips to Magic City for chicken wings have stopped the Clippers from having their full roster in very many games. If they run into a team that’s clicking on all cylinders, they could be prone to an upset in this whacky season.