The NBA Is Back! Bet the Lakers at Boosted Odds to Win the Championship

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Chris Elise/NBAE via Getty Images. Pictured: LeBron James

Folks, the NBA is back … basically.

On Thursday afternoon (12:30 p.m. ET), the NBA board of governors will vote on — and likely pass — a return-to-play proposal from commissioner Adam Silver.

The proposed scenario calls for 22 teams to be invited to Orlando to first, finish out a “regular” season, and then compete in the playoffs. You can read more about how exactly those playoff teams will be decided here.

As bettors, though, most of our eyes are now fixated on the NBA futures market, where three teams stand out as championship favorites. The Bucks, having put together a 53-12 record prior to the break, are +240 favorites, though they’re followed closely by the Lakers at +270. The Clippers, at +340, are the only other team inside of 10-1.

And while LeBron and the Lakers should have no trouble drawing action from bettors at that +270 price, FanDuel is bumping those odds up to +350 for all users.

To give you an idea of what that means, a $30 bet on the Lakers could turn into $105, as opposed to the $81 you’d win at the current market price.

And in terms of probability, the +350 odds imply that the Lakers have a 22% chance to win the championship. So if you think their actual chance is higher, this is a bet you should be making.

Below is the complete list of current championship odds at FanDuel.

2020 NBA Championship Betting Odds

Odds as of Wednesday and via FanDuel. Get up to a $500 risk-free bet at FanDuel today or see more offers and reviews for the best online sportsbooks.

Team Odds
Milwaukee Bucks +240
Los Angeles Lakers +270 +350 BET NOW
Los Angeles Clippers +340
Houston Rockets +1200
Boston Celtics +2000
Toronto Raptors +2400
Denver Nuggets +2500
Miami Heat +2700
Philadelphia 76ers +2700
Utah Jazz +2900
Dallas Mavericks +3600
Brooklyn Nets +6000
Indiana Pacers +10000
Oklahoma City Thunder +10000
New Orleans Pelicans +12000
Memphis Grizzlies +21000
Portland Trail Blazers +21000
San Antonio Spurs +21000
Orlando Magic +25000
Phoenix Suns +25000
Sacramento Kings +25000
Washington Wizards +25000

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