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Breaking down the latest NBA Championship odds movement

We take a look at how the lines to take home the title on DraftKings Sportsbook have shifted since the start of the season.

Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard walks towards the team bench during a timeout against the Sacramento Kings in the third quarter at Golden 1 Center. Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

It’s the New Year and we’ve got another update courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook. This time we take a look at how the odds to win the NBA Championship have shifted for some of the top contenders since Opening Night. Here’s a quick table outlining the movement via DK Sportsbook.

Updated NBA Championship Odds Movement

Team Opening Night 12/10 1/6
Team Opening Night 12/10 1/6
LA Clippers 350 300 300
LA Lakers 440 325 300
MIL Bucks 625 450 300
PHI 76ers 750 700 900
HOU Rockets 900 900 1200
DEN Nuggets 2000 1800 1600
UTA Jazz 1500 2000 2000
BOS Celtics 2500 1800 2000
MIA Heat 6000 5000 3000
DAL Mavericks 6600 3500 3000
TOR Raptors 3600 2500 4000
IND Pacers 5000 5000 6000
BKN Nets 2500 6000 10000
POR Trail Blazers 3600 6600 10000
SA Spurs 6600 15000 15000
ORL Magic 10000 15000 25000
PHO Suns 50000 15000 25000
MIN Timberwolves 15000 10000 25000
OKC Thunder 20000 20000 25000
SAC Kings 15000 25000 25000
NO Pelicans 6000 25000 50000
GS Warriors 1300 80000 50000
ATL Hawks 15000 30000 50000
DET Pistons 15000 25000 50000
WAS Wizards 50000 50000 50000
CHI Bulls 20000 35000 50000
MEM Grizzlies 50000 80000 80000
CLE Cavaliers 50000 60000 80000
CHA Hornets 50000 80000 80000
NY Knicks 25000 80000 80000

So as you can see, there isn’t too much movement at the top. The Clippers, Lakers and Bucks remain the top 3 teams with the best chance to win it all, though Milwaukee has closed that gap significantly since Opening Night — by +325. LeBron James and Anthony Davis have also made it even with Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers for the top odds to win this season’s Championship at +300. It’s essentially a coin flip between the three teams, and it could come down to who makes the biggest splash at the 2020 NBA Trade Deadline on February 6th.

As for the rest of the field, there’s actually still a lot of value if you can anticipate how teams will finish. The 76ers, Rockets, Jazz and Nuggets are the four teams with the next best odds to win and all of them are +900 or lower. Philadelphia has the talent in its starting lineup to contend for the East title, proving so in a win over the Bucks on Christmas. We saw the Rockets come pretty close to the Finals a few seasons ago before Chris Paul got hurt and now they have Russell Westbrook. Both the Nuggets and Jazz are deep teams who play defense, and each has plenty of high-profile players capable of stepping up.

This isn’t even including the Celtics and Raptors, two teams more than worthy of title consideration, both at +2000 or steeper odds to win it all. One move at the deadline and that could change the entire complexion of their seasons. Basically, this should be the most exciting title race in recent memory with so much parity in the NBA again.

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