Celtics, Lakers Make Big Jumps in Latest 2019 NBA Championship Odds
David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports. Boston Celtics GM Danny Ainge (left) and co-owner Wyc Grousbeck, during media day at the Boston Celtic Practice Facility.
- In the latest 2019 NBA title odds update at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, the Celtics have moved to 4-1.
- With Kawhi Leonard likely leaving San Antonio, the Spurs have moved from 25-1 to 50-1 since opening.
- With the Lakers linked to many big names, they’ve moved from 20-1 to 8-1 since opening.
The NBA offseason is young, but the rumor mill is hot. With LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard potentially (probably) leaving their respective squads, oddsmakers have been forced to adjust 2019 NBA title odds based on the latest news and rumors.
Odds for some teams at the top of the list have moved substantially since initially released on June 2.
Regardless of where LeBron or Leonard end up, the Warriors are still the clear favorites to win and now have even better odds since opening. In fact, the implied probability move from 44.4% to 50% is almost as big as the movement associated with the Celtics and Lakers.
Ah, speaking of the Celtics and Lakers, their odds have improved the most since opening a couple of weeks ago. Chris Sheridan reports that the Spurs won’t be trading Leonard within the Western Conference, which leaves the Celtics as a potential destination.
— Chris Sheridan (@sheridanhoops) June 17, 2018
That report caused one book to post the Celtics at +200 to land Leonard this offseason. “Trader” Danny Ainge (pictured above along with Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck) has never shied away from a blockbuster and has plenty of trade chips to land the star small forward.
Of course, the Celtics could sign LeBron instead. Though they’re not the most likely destination, they’ve had somewhere around 10-1 odds at most sportsbooks.
According to oddsmakers, King James has a better chance than not to don a Lakers jersey next season. His link to La-La Land has helped their implied probability jump from 4.76% to 11.11%. If they’re able to acquire both of the aforementioned stars, their odds would surely increase even more. The Warriors aren’t going to get dethroned from atop the odds list, but it’s quite possible the Lakers could end the offseason with better title odds than the Rockets.
Stay tuned for more news as we approach the start of free agency.