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
LA Lakers +250
MIL Bucks +250
LA Clippers +333
HOU Rockets +1300
TOR Raptors +1800
BOS Celtics +2000
MIA Heat +2000
PHI 76ers +2200
DEN Nuggets +3000
UTA Jazz +3000
DAL Mavericks +4000
BKN Nets +6600
OKC Thunder +8000
IND Pacers +10000
MEM Grizzlies +20000
NO Pelicans +20000
POR Trail Blazers +20000
SA Spurs +20000
ORL Magic +30000
CHI Bulls +50000
PHO Suns +50000
SAC Kings +50000
WAS Wizards +50000
ATL Hawks +80000
CHA Hornets +80000
CLE Cavaliers +80000
DET Pistons +80000
MIN Timberwolves +80000
NY Knicks +80000

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

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

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

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
Milwaukee Bucks +600 +625 +525 +570 +550 +560 +470 +375 +350 +235 +225 +250
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
Houston Rockets +1200 +1100 +850 +750 +700 +800 +950 +1250 +1075 +1300 +1400 +1300
Boston Celtics +1500 +1850 +2550 +2600 +2900 +2500 +2050 +2000 +2000 +2000 +2000 +2000
Denver Nuggets +2250 +1850 +1800 +2000 +2000 +1510 +2350 +1850 +1600 +1900 +2500 +3000
Toronto Raptors +2000 +900 +3750 +5500 +5500 +3750 +3500 +4250 +2200 +2100 +2650 +1800
Utah Jazz +4500 +5000 +1100 +1200 +1300 +1400 +2000 +2800 +1500 +1850 +2800 +3000
Philadelphia 76ers +1800 +1000 +925 +725 +775 +725 +700 +975 +1550 +1550 +3000 +2200
Miami Heat +35000 +25000 +8000 +10000 +6000 +7000 +4250 +3500 +2800 +2350 +3500 +2000
Dallas Mavericks +5000 +4500 +6000 +9500 +10500 +6600 +6600 +3250 +2350 +4050 +4000 +4000
Indiana Pacers +8000 +7500 +4550 +6600 +5000 +7500 +5650 +5000 +6000 +7500 +9250 +10000
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
Brooklyn Nets +2500 +1500 +3500 +3000 +5500 +3250 +5000 +7000 +20000 +14500 +50000 +6600
San Antonio Spurs +7000 +7000 +7500 +10500 +6000 +8000 +12500 +10000 +37500 +74500 +100000 +20000
Memphis Grizzlies +15000 +25000 +50000 +100000 +100000 +100000 +40000 +65000 +50000 +40000 +125000 +20000
Orlando Magic +10000 +15000 +15000 +18500 +20000 +22500 +37500 +9000 +40000 +34500 +250000 +30000
Sacramento Kings +10000 +12500 +20000 +25000 +15000 +12500 +15000 +15000 +200000 +499500 +350000 +50000
Phoenix Suns +50000 +10000 +50000 +56500 +50000 +50000 +20000 +40000 +100000 +349500 +500000 +50000
Washington Wizards +50000 +20000 +50000 +100000 +125000 +50000 +42500 +50000 +999999 +999900 +999900 +50000
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, 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

Year NBA Champion
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

Year Finals MVP
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 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