NBA Free Agency Winners and Losers: Teams That Saw Their Odds Move Most in First 24 Hours


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  • Evan Abrams runs through NBA free agency winners and losers according to teams that saw their odds move the most since the end of the 2019 NBA Finals.
  • The Los Angeles Lakers were +450 to win the 2020 NBA Championship after the Finals and are now the +175 favorites after landing Anthony Davis.
  • The New York Knicks were 20-1 to win the title -- the 11th-best odds after the Finals -- but are now 100-1 after losing out on Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.

Just hours after the Toronto Raptors finished off the Golden State Warriors in six games to win the 2019 NBA Finals, fans and bettors alike turned their attention toward the only thing that truly mattered: 2020 NBA title odds.

On that night, the Los Angeles Lakers were the favorites to win the title at +450, with the Milwaukee Bucks (+600), Los Angeles Clippers (+600) and Houston Rockets (+800) the four teams listed below 10-1.

Since the end of the Finals, only seven teams have seen their odds shorten at Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook.

Now that we’re 24 hours into maybe the craziest start to free agency ever, here are your early betting market winners and losers with the big Kawhi Leonard news still up in the air.

All odds are via the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook as of Monday afternoon. Here’s what they mean: +350 odds means a $100 wager would profit $350, while +1000 odds mean a $100 wager would net $1,000.

NBA Free Agency Winners (So Far)

Los Angeles Lakers

  • Odds move: +450 to +175
  • Current odds rank: First
  • Key move: Added Anthony Davis | Lost Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball

Back on May 4, Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook opened the Lakers at 20-1 to win the 2020 NBA Championship, which tied for the eighth best. Once they acquired Anthony Davis from the Pelicans, the Lakers were 3-1 favorites and have now recently moved to +175 with Kawhi Leonard’s decision still looming.

Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: LeBron James reacts with forward Anthony Davis at the 2018 NBA All Star Game at Staples Center.

Philadelphia Sixers

  • Odds move: +1200 to +1000
  • Current odds rank: Tied Third
  • Key move: Added Al Horford | Lost Jimmy Butler

Looks like we found out who the key team was in the Al Horford sweepstakes.

The Sixers were actually 20-1 to win the 2020 NBA title just moments after announcing the Butler trade, but before signing Horford. After the signing, they moved down to 10-1, which is tied with the Warriors, Clippers and Raptors.

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