The Los Angeles Lakers are now one of three joint-favorites to win the 2019-20 NBA Championship after the Los Angeles Clippers and Milwaukee Bucks pulled level at the bookmakers.
The Bucks have long reigned as one of the favorites to take this year’s crown having dominated for much of the Eastern Conference campaign. The competition has been closer in the Western as the Clippers and Lakers have duelled for top spot, but the former have improved their odds since the regular season came to an end.
PointsBet is offering +300 odds on each of the three outfits to lift this year’s crown, while the Brooklyn Nets are the longest shot on offer to New Jersey residents at a highest price of +50000.
The Lakers slipped in the bookmakers’ estimations after losing their first play-off game against the Portland Trail Blazers. Frank Vogel’s side have made it into the post-season push for the first time in eight years, and their first-round opponents are further out at +3000 to be crowned NBA Champions in 2020.
Meanwhile, defending champions the Toronto Raptors continues to improve their odds in the title predictions having seen their odds cut to +700, priced at more than twice that price when the season resumed in Orlando, Florida.
The Golden State Warriors—who finished bottom of the Western Conference with only 15 wins this regular season—were the last team to win back-to-back NBA Championships in 2017-18. They featured in each of the past five Finals and won three of them, the kind of run not witnessed since the Lakers went three in a row between 2000 and 2002.
New Jersey bettors may be tempted to back the Boston Celtics, who are down as far as +1200 in the title chase odds with Pointsbet NJ sportsbook after taking an early advantage in their first-round series against the Philadelphia 76ers. A decade has passed since the Celtics last appeared in a Finals, but some imperious form since the bubble restart could make them a dark horse.
Update 2020 NBA Championship Odds
- Milwaukee Bucks: +300
- Los Angeles Lakers: +300
- LA Clippers: +300
- Toronto Raptors: +700
- Houston Rockets: +800
- Boston Celtics: +1200
- Miami Heat: +2000
- Portland Trail Blazers: +3000
- Denver Nuggets: +3000
- Dallas Mavericks: +3000
- Utah Jazz: +6600
- Oklahoma City Thunder: +10000
- Indiana Pacers: +10000
- Philadelphia 76ers: +15000
- Orlando Magic: +25000
- Brooklyn Nets: +50000
Odds via Pointsbet.