The dust has not yet completely settled on the NBS’s offseason, but at this point, we have a pretty good idea of how teams will look to begin the 2019-20 campaign this coming October. Kawhi Leonard was the last domino to fall, as reports late Friday night revealed that the reigning Finals MVP will be a member of Los Angeles Clippers next season.
Leonard won’t be alone, of course, as a few minutes later, news broke that the Clippers had also snagged all-star swingman Paul Georage from the Oklahoma City Thunder in a blockbuster trade. All of a sudden, four of the seven (or so) best players in the NBA are calling Los Angeles home.
Oddsmakers believe that either the Clippers or the Lakers will claim the title next season. Odds shifted massively following the news of Leonard’s decision and Paul’s trade, and as of this writing, the clips are now the odds-on favorites to win it all next season. VFbet333 lists the Clippers at +300 to win the 2020 NBA championship, with the Lakers not far behind.
While I think both teams are obviously viable bets, the shift in odds also had ramifications for other title-hopeful clubs. As you may expect, the championship odds just got longer for some of the other Western Conference teams. With Leonard moving out of the Eastern Conference, teams like the Milwaukee Bucks and Pholadelphia 76ers have seen their odds improve.
Betting money will surely be pouring in on the Lakers and Clippers in light of their big moves, which will lead to other teams going overlooked. NBA futures betting is all about taking advantage of the ebbs-and-flows in the odds over the course of long season. Which teams could wind up looking like betting bargains as next season plays out?