2020 NBA Title Odds: Clippers Lead The Way After Monster Offseason

Jul 21, 2019 12:04 AM EDT
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John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Kawhi Leonard and LeBron James.

  • The Los Angeles Clippers (+350) are the favorites to win the 2020 title after signing Kawhi Leonard and trading for Paul George.
  • After acquiring Russell Westbrook from the Thunder, the Houston Rockets moved from 12-1 to 8-1, which is ranked tied for 4th in the NBA.

The Clippers opened at 16-1 to win the NBA title back in May, which ranked tied for 6th in the NBA with the New York Knicks.

One of those two teams would ultimately end up as the favorite to win the title, while the other would fall to the worst odds in the NBA at 1,000-1.

And then the offseason happened…

Those 12 players changed the landscape of the NBA and the future odds drastically in just over three weeks.

Here are some of the biggest movers since the end of the NBA Finals to now:

  • Clippers moved from +600 to title favorites at +350. Clippers were 16-1 as late July 5th before Kawhi Leonard signed there a day later.
  • Sixers shortened their odds from 12-1 to 8-1 after signing Al Horford.
  • Jazz saw their odds shift from 25-1 all the way to 14-1, which ranks tied for 7th in the league after adding Mike Conley and Bojan Bogdanovic.
  • Celtics took a big step back after losing Kyrie Irving to the Nets, moving from 12-1 to 25-1.
  • Raptors odds took a tumble, moving from 10-1 after winning the NBA title tp 80-1 after losing Kawhi to the Clippers.

On the night of July 11th, the Thunder traded Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets for Chris Paul and numerous first round picks.

Prior to the trade, the Rockets were 12-1 and tied for fifth in the NBA on the future odds board. After the deal to acquire Westbrook and team him up with James Harden,  Houston’s odds shortened to 8-1, which is currently tied for fourth in the NBA.

The Thunder moved from 40-1 to 200-1 after the George trade and now sit at 1,000-1, tied for the worst odds in the NBA with the Cavaliers,  Hornets, Knicks and Wizards.

The only other team listed below 10-1 to win the title right now aside from the Rockets are the Philadelphia Sixers. Philly was as high as 20-1 after trading Jimmy Butler to Miami, right before they signed Al Horford.

As of now, they are now down to 8-1, which ranks second in the Eastern Conference just below the Bucks.

Here’s a look at current NBA futures from Westgate, including how they’ve progressed since opening in early May.

(An explanation on the odds below: +350 means a $100 wager would profit $350, while +1000 means a $100 wager would net $1,000)

All odds as of July 19 and via the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook:

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