NBA Title Odds 2021: Early odds favor Lakers and Clippers

The 2020 NBA season has been one of the craziest in the league’s history, for many reasons. We have seen some massive stars change teams from Kawhi Leonard and Paul George to the Clippers, Kevin Durant to the Nets, some injuries that rapidly change NBA Finals odds such as Steph Curry and Klay Thompson being out for an extended period of time for the Warriors, and the growth of the Los Angeles Lakers with LeBron James and Anthony Davis who eventually won the NBA Finals. The NBA betting markets are focused around NBA Finals futures as next year is in the headlines already. Here is a look at the latest NBA Finals odds, odds movement, some NBA Finals history and more.

 

Updated 2021 NBA Finals Title Odds

The NBA Finals odds are updated from a consensus, and is updated below. Will the Los Angeles Lakers win two in a row?

 

Opening 2021 NBA Finals Odds

A look at the opening odds for the 2021 NBA Finals on DraftKings Sportsbook.

Team Opening NBA Finals Odds
LA Lakers +350
LA Clippers +400
MIL Bucks +500
BKN Nets +600
GS Warriors +600
MIA Heat +900
BOS Celtics +1200
TOR Raptors +1600
DEN Nuggets +2000
DAL Mavericks +2200
HOU Rockets +2200
PHI 76ers +3000
UTA Jazz +4000
NO Pelicans +5000
PHO Suns +5000
POR Trail Blazers +5000
OKC Thunder +8000
IND Pacers +10000
ATL Hawks +15000
CHI Bulls +15000
MEM Grizzlies +15000
MIN Timberwolves +20000
ORL Magic +20000
WAS Wizards +20000
SAC Kings +25000
SA Spurs +25000
CHA Hornets +50000
CLE Cavaliers +50000
DET Pistons +50000
NY Knicks +50000

 

 

2021 NBA Finals Odds and News

Warriors odds plummet after Klay Thompson injury

The Warriors started at +600 to win the NBA Finals, but their odds have plummeted to +3000 after Klay’s injury. Golden State still has a ton of talent, but will have to do it without one of the best shooters this league has ever seen. At +3000, there is some value as the Warriors still should be set to make the playoffs. Can they do it without Klay? Time will tell.

 

2020 NBA Finals Odds and News

Lakers Still Heavily Favored after Heat Win Game 3

Despite Jimmy Butler’s massive performance and “you’re in trouble” quotes, the Los Angeles Lakers are still heavily favored to win the NBA Finals at DraftKings Sportsbook. Game 4 will be on Tuesday, October 6th and the Lakers open up as 7.5-point favorites. Can Miami make a comeback with Bam Adebayo and others getting healthier? Time will tell.

Lakers Are -400 Favorites Over The Heat

LeBron James is back in the NBA Finals, and his Lakers are -400 to win the series, per DraftKings Sportsbook.

For game 1, the lines are already released. For game 1, the Lakers are five-point favorites.

 

2020 NBA Finals Prediction: Lakers in 6

While this may be the “easiest” path for LeBron James to a ring in his career, the Miami Heat are nothing to scoff at. Miami is a complete team with Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo, and some young budding stars in Tyler Herro, Duncan Robinson and others. Pair that with veteran leadership and the Heat are a complete NBA playoff team. With that said, the Lakers have LeBron James and Anthony Davis, the two best players on the floor at all times. The star power is just too much for Miami, Lakers in six games.

 

Pre-Season Resume Predictions To Win 2020 NBA Title

On Thursday, June 4, the NBA Board of Governors voted to approve the plan to resume the 2019-2020 season. With all games taking place at Disney World in Orlando, the season will resume with 22 teams in attendance and 16 advancing to the playoffs. The games will begin with each team playing eight games to determine their playoff seeding and once that’s concluded, it will go into the playoffs. Over on the FanDuel Sportsbook, odds for the winner of the NBA title have been released and we’ll look at three options to consider when placing your bets.

Favorite: Milwaukee Bucks (+240) odds to win NBA Title

The Bucks are the current favorites and before the season screeched to a halt, had the best record in the league at 53-12 with a .815 winning percentage.  When the season stopped, the Bucks were currently riding a three-game losing streak and were 6-4 in their last 10. The Lakers were quickly catching up to them at the time and carry the second-best odds at +260. The Lakers were 8-2 in in their last 10 before the stoppage, giving them a 49-14 record with a .778 winning percentage.

Both teams elite defense has helped pave the way for the stellar seasons they were putting together and prior to the break both teams were third and sixth in points allowed per game. The Lakers were third, allowing 107 per game and the Bucks were close behind, ranked sixth with 107.4. The Bucks also boasted the high point differential in the league at 11.7. They were the only team in the league with this figure in double-digits, as, of course, the Lakers were second at 7.4.

The biggest flaw one could point out for the Bucks, however, is if a team is able to stop Giannis Antetokounmpo, a path to victory could be had. With that in mind though, the Bucks have a massive advantage to come out of the East and make it into the Finals. The Bucks are currently (-175) to win the Eastern Conference with the Celtics, potentially being a strong value play, at (+700). The Celtics do have one of the best defenses in the league and the 106.8 points allowed per game is the second-lowest in the league aside from the Raptors at 106.5.

Value Pick: Philadelphia 76ers (+2700) odds to win NBA Title

If the new format can help benefit anyone amongst these teams, the Sixers could be one of them. It’s been a train wreck on the road for them this season, going 10-24 when away from the Wells Fargo Center, where they went 29-2. While this isn’t exactly home court, the lack of travel will certainly be beneficial for a team that simply could not figure it out on the road.

As the current seeding stands, the Sixers are two games behind the Heat and 4.5 being the Celtics for third. If they’re able to do well in the eight games prior to the playoffs, they could improve their seeding and draw a more desirable matchup. The health of the team is also a factor as Ben Simmons has been able to get back to full health and Joel Embiid will be fresh as well. Coach Brett Brown has said that Simmons, who is recovering from a lower back nerve impingement, “has been outstanding” during his rehab.

The Sixers could opt to go with a new looking starting lineup as well, with Shake Milton in the mix. According to both reports, the speculation is that Milton would join Simmons, Embiid, Josh Richardson and Tobias Harris. This is a rotation that has yet to play together but Milton’s effectiveness off the bench has positioned him to be the fifth starter. When Milton has started, he’s averaging 14.1 points, 3.6 assists and 3.1 rebounds in 16 games.

If you wanted to double down, the Sixers are +900 to come out of the East, which is currently tied with the Heat as the fourth-best. For reference, we have a massive gap in odds after the Sixers with the Pacers next up at (+2900).

Longshot Pick: New Orleans Pelicans (+12000) odds to win NBA Title

The Pelicans are one of the teams on the outside looking in to make it into the playoff tournament. They were only 3.5 games out of the eighth seed, which is currently held by the Grizzlies in the Western Conference. The Pelicans actually have better odds than the Grizzlies, who are currently (+21000) on the FanDuel Sportsbook. Amongst the Western Conference teams, the Pelicans were third in scoring with 116.2 PPG, which was tied with the Clippers and only being the Mavericks and Rockets. Of course, the Pelicans struggle on defense and the 117 points allowed were the second-most, trailing only the Timberwolves.

Zion Williamson is, as you’d expect, the biggest X-Factor here for the Pelicans. Through 19 games, Williamson averaged 29.7 minutes, 23.6 points 6.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. Of those 19 games, Williamson at least 20 points in 14 of them. Will he be able to jump back into that type of rhythm off the jump? Or will the prolonged layoff be detrimental? If anything, one would assume the 19-year-old should be able to jump right into the mix of things.

While it seems unlikely the Pelicans could somehow shock us all and take down the Finals, as the current odds for them to win the Western Conference are (+6500), the young roster they possess does give some intrigue. Unlike the Eastern Conference, the Western Conference have much tighter odds and potential matchups whereas the Eastern is essentially locked down by the Bucks. I’m never against throwing some small amount down on long shot as the ROI would be incredible but this certainly is a hard one to justify. Of the long shots through, the Pelicans certainly do have the appeal.

Los Angeles Lakers 2020 NBA Title Odds

Currently, the Lakers are the co-favorites with +250 odds to win the NBA Finals on DraftKings Sportsbook, but are second to the Bucks on FanDuel. The Lakers are +270 to win the NBA Finals on FanDuel Sportsbook, which makes them the better bet there as you should always shop for odds. With Anthony Davis and LeBron James on the roster with some veterans and good defense, the sky is the limit for the 2020 Lakers.

Los Angeles Clippers 2020 NBA Title Odds

The Clippers are +340 at FanDuel Sportsbook to win the NBA Finals, compared to +333 at DraftKings Sportsbook. Many NBA analysts have the Clippers as their pick as they coast through the regular season by resting Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. The Clippers “small ball” lineup is lethal, and they present the deepest team in the NBA with a tandem of NBA stars. While the Clippers are not the favorite, they likely should be. There is value in this team’s futures market. While the Clippers have been seen as the “other” team in LA, those times could change.

Milwaukee Bucks 2020 NBA Title Odds

Both DraftKings and FanDuel Sportsbook have the Bucks as either favorites or co-favorites to win the NBA Finals, likely due to a much easier road in the Eastern Conference playoffs. The Bucks are sole favorites on FanDuel Sportsbook at +240, and are +250 on DraftKings Sportsbook. With Giannis Antetokounmpo and the deepest roster in the Eastern Conference, the Bucks are certainly favored to make it to the Finals. Can they win it? Time will tell.

 

2020 NBA Title Odds Movement

Action Rush NBA Finals Odds Movement
Team May June July September October November December January February All Star Break March April Before Restart Before Playoffs After First Round After Second Round
Milwaukee Bucks +600 +625 +525 +570 +550 +560 +470 +375 +350 +235 +225 +250 +250 +250 +280
Los Angeles Lakers +1800 +335 +400 +440 +450 +365 +295 +300 +265 +265 +285 +250 +250 +270 +275 -400
Los Angeles Clippers +1200 +1300 +330 +420 +425 +295 +290 +315 +375 +320 +310 +333 +333 +320 +260
Houston Rockets +1200 +1100 +850 +750 +700 +800 +950 +1250 +1075 +1300 +1400 +1300 +1400 +1100 +1100
Boston Celtics +1500 +1850 +2550 +2600 +2900 +2500 +2050 +2000 +2000 +2000 +2000 +2000 +2000 +1700 +700 +700
Denver Nuggets +2250 +1850 +1800 +2000 +2000 +1510 +2350 +1850 +1600 +1900 +2500 +3000 +3000 +2700 TBD +5000
Toronto Raptors +2000 +900 +3750 +5500 +5500 +3750 +3500 +4250 +2200 +2100 +2650 +1800 +1800 +1300 +1000
Utah Jazz +4500 +5000 +1100 +1200 +1300 +1400 +2000 +2800 +1500 +1850 +2800 +3000 +3300 +4900 TBD
Philadelphia 76ers +1800 +1000 +925 +725 +775 +725 +700 +975 +1550 +1550 +3000 +2200 +2000 +5500
Miami Heat +35000 +25000 +8000 +10000 +6000 +7000 +4250 +3500 +2800 +2350 +3500 +2000 +3000 +3000 +2500 +550
Dallas Mavericks +5000 +4500 +6000 +9500 +10500 +6600 +6600 +3250 +2350 +4050 +4000 +4000 +5000 +4900
Indiana Pacers +8000 +7500 +4550 +6600 +5000 +7500 +5650 +5000 +6000 +7500 +9250 +10000 +10000 +10000
New Orleans Pelicans +5000 +5500 +12500 +5500 +12500 +9850 +32500 +20000 +10000 +37500 +10000 +20000 +12000
Oklahoma City Thunder +4000 +1800 +25500 +50000 +25000 +15000 +30000 +27500 +32500 +19500 +20000 +8000 +8000 +8500
Portland Trail Blazers +5000 +3300 +2550 +3000 +3500 +3500 +17550 +6000 +12500 +9500 +35000 +20000 +8000 +7000
Brooklyn Nets +2500 +1500 +3500 +3000 +5500 +3250 +5000 +7000 +20000 +14500 +50000 +6600 +15000 +19000
San Antonio Spurs +7000 +7000 +7500 +10500 +6000 +8000 +12500 +10000 +37500 +74500 +100000 +20000 +50000 +24000
Memphis Grizzlies +15000 +25000 +50000 +100000 +100000 +100000 +40000 +65000 +50000 +40000 +125000 +20000 +20000 +24000
Orlando Magic +10000 +15000 +15000 +18500 +20000 +22500 +37500 +9000 +40000 +34500 +250000 +30000 +30000 +25000
Sacramento Kings +10000 +12500 +20000 +25000 +15000 +12500 +15000 +15000 +200000 +499500 +350000 +50000 +50000
Phoenix Suns +50000 +10000 +50000 +56500 +50000 +50000 +20000 +40000 +100000 +349500 +500000 +50000 +50000 +19000
Washington Wizards +50000 +20000 +50000 +100000 +125000 +50000 +42500 +50000 +999999 +999900 +999900 +50000 +30000
Chicago Bulls +10000 +50000 +40000 +50000 +42500 +30000 +75000 +37500 +125000 +199500
Detroit Pistons +50000 +25000 +25000 +30000 +25000 +25000 +50000 +30000 +150000 +249500
Minnesota Timberwolves +30000 +20000 +30000 +36500 +50000 +17500 +22500 +22500 +250000 +999900
Golden State Warriors +200 +1100 +1225 +1200 +950 +7250 +35000 +35000 +500000 +999900
Charlotte Hornets +50000 +25000 +200000 +200000 +200000 +100000 +65000 +45000 +999900 +999900
Cleveland Cavaliers +30000 +50000 +200000 +150000 +150000 +100000 +85000 +85000 +999900 +999900
Atlanta Hawks +10000 +17500 +20500 +27500 +25000 +32500 +100000 +75000 +999999 +999900
New York Knicks +1600 +6000 +50000 +100000 +100000 +100000 +95000 +100000 +999999 +999900

NBA Finals odds movement has shown a vast array of movements since before the season started. Take a look at some of these numbers. The Golden State Warriors started at +200 last May, and dropped to +1200 before the season started. With how the NBA playoffs have progressed, the Miami Heat’s odds have rocketed as you can see.

 

NBA Finals History

 

Top 3 NBA Finals Upsets

 

2016 NBA Finals – LeBron James and Kyrie Irving defeat Golden State Warriors

The 2016 NBA Finals was the one that cemented LeBron James’ “legacy”, as he defeated the heavily favored Golden State Warriors in seven games to bring a championship to Cleveland. The Warriors were up 3-1, but the Cavaliers won three straight games including a close 93-89 victory in game 7. The Cavs were huge underdogs, even larger when the Warriors were up 3-1. Underdogs prevail sometimes, though.

 

2011 NBA Finals – Dallas Mavericks Ruin Miami Heat’s Plans

2011 is another NBA Finals that included LeBron James, but the James-led Heat lost in six games to Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks. This was the first season of the “new” Miami Heat after LeBron James teamed up with Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade in Miami, where they promised many championships.

 

2004 NBA Finals – Pistons Take Down Mighty Lakers

The 2004 Los Angeles Lakers were stacked. From Kobe Bryant to Shaquille O’Neal to an older Gary Parton and Karl Malone, the Lakers were absolutely favored to win the 2004 NBA Finals against a Pistons team led by no superstars, but a very solid core of Rip Hamilton, Chauncey Billups, Rasheed Wallace, and Ben Wallace. Somehow, the Pistons won in five games, and Karl Malone retired without a ring.

 

NBA Champions By Year

A look at the NBA champions over the years.

Year NBA Champion
2020 Los Angeles Lakers
2019 Toronto Raptors
2018 Golden State Warriors
2017 Golden State Warriors
2016 Cleveland Cavaliers
2015 Golden State Warriors
2014 San Antonio Spurs
2013 Miami Heat
2012 Miami Heat
2011 Dallas Mavericks
2010 Los Angeles Lakers
2009 Los Angeles Lakers
2008 Boston Celtics
2007 San Antonio Spurs
2006 Miami Heat
2005 San Antonio Spurs
2004 Detroit Pistons
2003 San Antonio Spurs
2002 Los Angeles Lakers
2001 Los Angeles Lakers
2000 Los Angeles Lakers
1999 San Antonio Spurs
1998 Chicago Bulls
1997 Chicago Bulls
1996 Chicago Bulls
1995 Houston Rockets
1994 Houston Rockets
1993 Chicago Bulls
1992 Chicago Bulls
1991 Chicago Bulls
1990 Detroit Pistons
1989 Detroit Pistons
1988 Los Angeles Lakers
1987 Los Angeles Lakers
1986 Boston Celtics
1985 Los Angeles Lakers
1984 Boston Celtics
1983 Philadelphia 76ers
1982 Los Angeles Lakers
1981 Boston Celtics
1980 Los Angeles Lakers
1979 Seattle SuperSonics
1978 Washington Bullets
1977 Portland Trail Blazers
1976 Boston Celtics

 

NBA Finals MVP By Year

A look at the NBA Finals MVP over the years.

Year Finals MVP
2020 L. James
2019 K. Leonard
2018 K. Durant
2017 K. Durant
2016 L. James
2015 A. Iguodala
2014 K. Leonard
2013 L. James
2012 L. James
2011 D. Nowitzki
2010 K. Bryant
2009 K. Bryant
2008 P. Pierce
2007 T. Parker
2006 D. Wade
2005 T. Duncan
2004 C. Billups
2003 T. Duncan
2002 S. O’Neal
2001 S. O’Neal
2000 S. O’Neal
1999 T. Duncan
1998 M. Jordan
1997 M. Jordan
1996 M. Jordan
1995 H. Olajuwon
1994 H. Olajuwon
1993 M. Jordan
1992 M. Jordan
1991 M. Jordan
1990 I. Thomas
1989 J. Dumars
1988 J. Worthy
1987 M. Johnson
1986 L. Bird
1985 K. Abdul-Jabbar
1984 L. Bird
1983 M. Malone
1982 M. Johnson
1981 C. Maxwell
1980 M. Johnson
1979 D. Johnson
1978 W. Unseld
1977 B. Walton

 

All-Time NBA Finals Leaders

 

All-Time NBA Finals Points Leaders

 

Player Career Points in NBA Finals
Jerry West 1679
LeBron James 1383
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 1317
Michael Jordan 1176
Elgin Baylor 1161
Bill Russell 1151
Sam Jones 1143
Tom Heinsohn 1037
John Havlicek 1018
Magic Johnson 971

 

All-Time NBA Finals Rebounds Leaders

 

Player Career Rebounds in NBA Finals
Bill Russell 1718
Wilt Chamberlain 862
Elgin Baylor 603
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 502
LeBron James 490

All-Time NBA Finals Assists Leaders

 

Player Career Assists in NBA Finals
Magic Johnson 584
LeBron James 379
Jerry West 306
Bill Russell 265
Bob Cousy 239

 

Who has the Most Championship Rings in NBA History?

 

Player Total NBA Championship Rings
Bill Russell 11
Sam Jones 10
Tom Heinsohn 8
K.C. Jones 8
Tom Sanders 8
John Havlicek 8

 

 

NBA Title Odds Frequently Asked Questions

 

When will the 2021 NBA Finals take place?

The 2021 NBA Finals date is tentative, based on when the season will start.

 

Which team has won the most NBA Titles?

The Boston Celtics have the most NBA Championships with 17, and the Los Angeles Lakers are second with 16.

 

Can I bet on the NBA Finals?

Yes, at legal sportsbooks in the US you are able to bet on the NBA Finals and who will win. Try betting at DraftKings Sportsbook.

 

Data from BasketballReference

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