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NBA Futures 2019-20: Bet on the Lakers and These Underrated Teams
We are set for one of the most exciting NBA seasons making for a thrilling NBA futures odds betting scene.
Gone are the dynasties and in come at least seven NBA teams with a real shot at the NBA championship odds :
- Los Angeles Clippers - 5.00
- Los Angeles Lakers - 5.50
- Houston Rockets - 7.00
- Milwaukee Bucks - 7.00
- Philadelphia 76ers - 7.00
- Golden State Warriors - 11.00
- Utah Jazz - 13.00
Meanwhile, the Toronto Raptors lost Kawhi Leonard and will have an improbable run back to repeat, but don't count them out.
Let's preview the 2019-20 NBA Futures Odds.
Quick Facts on NBA Championship Odds
- 19.50: the Toronto Raptors' odds to win last year's (2018-19) championship at the start of preseason
- 11.00: both the Raptors' and Clippers' championship odds when they opened this 2019-20 season
- 7.50: the Lakers' championship odds when they opened
- 10-6: the Lakers' NBA Finals record since the three-point era (from 1979)
- 0: the amount of championships or Finals appearances for the Clippers
NBA Futures: The Lakers and Best Bets
Book it in any of your NBA Futures bets: the Los Angeles Lakers will win the 2019-20 NBA Championship (5.50).
Entering the season as the second favourites per NBA odds, the Lakers are a team built for the playoffs.
While the Clippers are also another monster, the Lakers' combination of LeBron James and Anthony Davis will be unstoppable.
Here are other great NBA Futures bets to poach before the season starts:
Portland Trailblazer - To Win the Northwest Division - 5.50
It's crazy to see Portland at such a disadvantage to win the division according to NBA Vegas odds.
They will be without Jusuf Nurkic but have added Hassan Whiteside and other solid role players. Damian Lillard is an MVP-caliber star and coach Terry Stotts has always been underrated.
While the Jazz and Nuggets are more likely to win, the Blazers aren't far behind. And since only a few wins should separate all three, the Blazers are worth a shot at these odds.
Philadelphia 76ers - To Win Eastern Conference - 3.25
The 76ers have solid NBA championship odds but are behind the Milwaukee Bucks for one reason: continuity.
The Sixers have plenty of new pieces in Al Horford and Josh Richardson while the Bucks are pretty much the same. Although Philadelphia has improved much more than Milwaukee and that's why they're the better bet.
Ben Simmons will only get better and a leaner Joel Embiid will improve his endurance as their veteran additions hold the team together.
Milwaukee also lost point guard Malcolm Brogdon and their coach, Mike Budenholzer has a history of falling short deep in the postseason.
Dallas Mavericks - To Make Playoffs - 3.00
Seven spots in the West are already reserved leaving only one playoff spot left for a handful of teams like San Antonio, New Orleans, and Dallas.
While the Spurs are the most conservative bet and New Orleans is trendy, Dallas has the actual shot.
Kristaps Porzingis will be a huge boost and combined with an improved Luka Doncic, Rick Carlisle coaching, and one of the best home records, the Mavs will return to the postseason.
Toronto Raptors Odds: No Championship, But Still Good
It's back to underdog status as we look at the Toronto Raptors odds. The defending champions lost their MVP along with Danny Green. But they are still returning everyone including six-time All-star Kyle Lowry, Most Improved Player Pascal Siakam and key players Marc Gasol and Fred VanVleet.
It will be tough to peg the Raptors to win their division or the conference and much less the NBA championship. But they will still be an upper-tier team and can be counted on to cash some bets.
Regular Season Wins: Over +47.5 - 1.72
The Toronto Raptors should soundly beat their NBA odds to win 47.5 games. This team won 50 or more games the last four seasons and has won over 48 for the last six and have more talent up front.
The only concern here is injuries and if President Masai Ujiri decides to "blow things up" by trading away the team's expiring contracts.
But re-signing Lowry for another year indicates they are still trying to contend and could even go the other way of trading for a star down the road.
Odds to Win the Atlantic Division - 7.50
NBA Vegas odds aren't being kind to Toronto. They sit a distant third even in their own division. But this is where they could make oddsmakers eat their chalk.
Sure, the Sixers upgraded and the Celtics patched themselves. But Toronto has the most continuity.
Philadelphia and Boston may win in the playoffs, but the regular season is different.
Toronto is good enough to beat either team a few times and go on a run and win just enough games to snatch the division while both teams still try to reintegrate their new pieces. At these odds, it's not crazy.
How to Bet and Win NBA Championship Odds
Now is one of the best years to bet and win the NBA Championship odds. For the first time in a while, there are no dynasties. You can lay money on several teams and still earn a profit. In fact, we recommend that.
Using the top online sportsbooks, you can find NBA odds at different values. You can snipe teams at a great value and play the market difference for a profit. But most importantly, have a betting budget and bet with strategy. Use betting stats and analytics to maximize your profit.
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