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Breaking down the odds to win the NBA Western Conference

We take a look at the current odds to win the West and how the percentage of bets and handle looked prior to the start of the season.

LA Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard looks on against the Orlando Magic during the second half at Amway Center. Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The emergence of Luka Doncic as a top 10 player in the NBA has the Dallas Mavericks thinking NBA Finals. The Mavericks are only in fifth place in the West at 29-17, but the conference is very tight and appears to be wide open. Dallas only trails the Los Angeles Lakers by 7.0 games for first place in the West and the betting public was on the Mavs even before they emerged as a contender. Dallas received 19% of the handle, the most of any team in the West.

The wide majority of the bets, however, went to L.A. The Lakers and Clippers lead the way in terms of betting percentage. No other team has more than 8% of the bets in their favor. This isn’t all that surprising, as the L.A. teams sit tied for odds to win the West at +180. Unfortunately, if you had the Warriors making another title run during the preseason, those hopes are all but lost.

Here’s a graphic provided by DraftKings Sportsbook that outlines the handle and betting percentages while highlighting the current odds to win the West:

NBA Western Conference Winner

Team Odds % Handle % Bets
Team Odds % Handle % Bets
DAL Mavericks 1600 19% 8%
LA Lakers 180 17% 33%
LA Clippers 180 16% 21%
DEN Nuggets 800 13% 8%
UTA Jazz 900 11% 6%
GS Warriors 25000 11% 5%
HOU Rockets 750 6% 7%
NO Pelicans 10000 3% 4%
POR Trail Blazers 5000 2% 3%

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