As we head into December, the landscape for NBA Champion has started to take form, but there are still teams moving up and down in terms of odds on DraftKings Sportsbook. Most of the top teams remain ahead of the pack, but we’ve had a few surprises emerge lately. Let’s take a look at the updated odds on DraftKings Sportsbook for the 2019-20 NBA Championship.
Los Angeles Clippers (+300)
Los Angeles Lakers (+350)
Milwaukee Bucks (+550)
Philadelphia. 76ers (+700)
Houston Rockets (+800)
Utah Jazz (+1600)
Denver Nuggets (+1800)
Boston Celtics (+2200)
Dallas Mavericks (+3500)
Toronto Raptors (+3500)
Brooklyn Nets (+4000)
Indiana Pacers (+5000)
Miami Heat (+6000)
Portland Trail Blazers (+6600)
So as you can see, the Lakers and Clippers remain Nos. 1 and 2 at the top of the odds for another week. They’ve had the best odds all season long, so this isn’t surprising, however the Lakers did close quite a gap (+90) since the season started. The Bucks are right behind them after opening the season +625. After the Sixers and Rockets, there is a bit of a tail off, so let’s focus on that.
The Jazz, Nuggets and Celtics were all widely viewed as contenders, but far behind the likes of LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and Giannis Antetokounmpo. All three teams are above average, but lack that star power. Utah has actually dropped since the start of the year and the Nuggets and Celtics have only improved their odds slightly.
The next two teams in line are the most intriguing in my eyes. The Raptors and Mavericks have the same odds to win it and all and part of me wouldn’t be all that surprised if they met in the Finals. Luka Doncic is an MVP candidate and Pascal Siakam has made the departure of Leonard an afterthought. Toronto just got Kyle Lowry back in the lineup and is one of the deepest teams in the NBA. The Mavericks, and owner Mark Cuban, almost always make moves to improve things if they are in a position to win. Adding another name to go with Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis may push Dallas over the edge.
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