NBA Title Odds 2020: Who is favored when the season re-starts?
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. With the NBA season set to resume after the coronavirus crisis, the NBA betting markets are focused around NBA Finals futures. Here is a look at the latest NBA Finals odds, odds movement, some NBA Finals history and more.
Current NBA Finals Odds
|Team||NBA Finals Odds|
|POR Trail Blazers||+20000|
As of April, 2020, the Los Angeles Lakers are co-favorites to win the NBA Finals at +250, tied with the Milwaukee Bucks. The Clippers are +333, and every other team has odds of +1300 or higher. When the NBA resumes after the COVID-19 crisis, look for these odds to change based on the new schedule and remainder of the NBA season and playoffs. Odds are courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook.
Los Angeles Lakers NBA Finals Odds
— FanDuel (@FanDuel) March 28, 2020
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 NBA Finals Odds
If the Clippers win the finals with zero fans in attendance it would be so on brand. https://t.co/j2NuRTJ4Nr
— Melissa Stetten (@MelissaStetten) March 11, 2020
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 NBA Finals Odds
Milwaukee for sure. It's so hard for a small market team to be there as a title contender and the Bucks were right there.
After that it's probably the Clippers. After decades of being the little brother, they had a chance to finally get to The Finals.
Third: All who love ball! https://t.co/nl61IwPcaU
— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) March 30, 2020
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.
NBA Finals Odds Movement
|Action Rush||NBA Finals Odds Movement|
|Team||May||June||July||September||October 22||November 1||December 1||January 1||February 1||All Star Break||March 1||April 14|
|Los Angeles Lakers||+1800||+335||+400||+440||+450||+365||+295||+300||+265||+265||+285||+250|
|Los Angeles Clippers||+1200||+1300||+330||+420||+425||+295||+290||+315||+375||+320||+310||+333|
|New Orleans Pelicans||+5000||+5500||+12500||+5500||+12500||+9850||+32500||+20000||+10000||+37500||+10000||+20000|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||+4000||+1800||+25500||+50000||+25000||+15000||+30000||+27500||+32500||+19500||+20000||+8000|
|Portland Trail Blazers||+5000||+3300||+2550||+3000||+3500||+3500||+17550||+6000||+12500||+9500||+35000||+20000|
|San Antonio Spurs||+7000||+7000||+7500||+10500||+6000||+8000||+12500||+10000||+37500||+74500||+100000||+20000|
|Golden State Warriors||+200||+1100||+1225||+1200||+950||+7250||+35000||+35000||+500000||+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, an d dropped to +1200 before the season started. Now, they are not even listed at many books. The Bucks have remained at +600 or better throughout the entire duration. We will continue to update odds movement, stay tuned.
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
|2018||Golden State Warriors|
|2017||Golden State Warriors|
|2015||Golden State Warriors|
|2014||San Antonio Spurs|
|2010||Los Angeles Lakers|
|2009||Los Angeles Lakers|
|2007||San Antonio Spurs|
|2005||San Antonio Spurs|
|2003||San Antonio Spurs|
|2002||Los Angeles Lakers|
|2001||Los Angeles Lakers|
|2000||Los Angeles Lakers|
|1999||San Antonio Spurs|
|1988||Los Angeles Lakers|
|1987||Los Angeles Lakers|
|1985||Los Angeles Lakers|
|1982||Los Angeles Lakers|
|1980||Los Angeles Lakers|
|1977||Portland Trail Blazers|
NBA Finals MVP By Year
All Time NBA Finals Leaders
All Time NBA Finals Points Leaders
|Player||Career Points in NBA Finals|
All Time NBA Finals Rebounds Leaders
|Player||Career Rebounds in NBA Finals|
All Time NBA Finals Assists Leaders
|Player||Career Assists in NBA Finals|
Who has the Most Championship Rings in NBA History?
|Player||Total NBA Championship Rings|
NBA Finals Frequently Asked Questions
When will the 2020 NBA Finals be?
The 2020 NBA Finals date is tentative, due to the coronavirus. Some are expecting as late as the end of summer or early fall for the 2020 NBA Finals.
Which team has won the most NBA Finals?
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