NBA Futures Odds 2020

Odds, Analysis, And How To Bet

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Game
06/24/2019
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(EST)
LA Lakers
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+350
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+320
Milwaukee
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+550
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+550
Toronto
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+750
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+700
Golden State
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+800
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+1100
Houston
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+800
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+850
Philadelphia
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+1000
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+1100
LA Clippers
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+1200
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+1200
Denver
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+1200
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+1900
Boston
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+2500
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+2100
Utah
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+2500
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+2600
Brooklyn
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+2500
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+3500
Oklahoma City
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+2500
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+2600
New York
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+3000
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+5500
Portland
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+3500
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+3500
Dallas
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+4000
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+5500
Indiana
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+4000
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+7000
San Antonio
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+8000
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+5500
New Orleans
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+10000
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+5500
Miami
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+10000
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+13000
Orlando
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+10000
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+13000
Sacramento
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+10000
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+13000
Atlanta
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+15000
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+18000
Chicago
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+15000
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+18000
Detroit
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+15000
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+13000
Minnesota
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+15000
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+13000
Washington
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+20000
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+18000
Charlotte
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+20000
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+18000
Cleveland
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+25000
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+18000
Memphis
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+25000
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Phoenix
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+25000
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+25000

 

Even dynasties have a breaking point. The Golden State Warriors seemingly lost a war of attrition as much as a head-to-head talent battle in the 2019 NBA Finals. Klay Thompson’s torn ACL in Game 6 finally serving as the last straw in Golden State’s attempted pushback against adversity. The Toronto Raptors claimed their first NBA title with a rollercoaster, memorable late-postseason run that culminated with the highly improbable feat of defeating the defending champions in three consecutive games on their home court.

However, for circumstantial reasons, this could very well be a true savor-it-while-you-can title for Toronto. Kawhi Leonard, the MVP of the series after averaging 28.5 points per game, has been a potential one-year rental since his arrival this offseason. New Jersey sportsbooks are naturally hedging their proverbial bets at this point, opening the Raptors and Warriors with identical +600 (FanDuel Sportsbook) or +700 (888sport and DraftKings Sportsbook) odds for the 2019-20 NBA championship.

2020 NBA betting favorites

That notably places both 2019 Finals participants behind the Milwaukee Bucks in 2020. Milwaukee’s status as one of the odds-on favorites for next year’s Larry O’Brien trophy isn’t surprising.

  • For one, there’s a heavy cloud of uncertainty surrounding the Warriors, and to a lesser extent, the Raptors, at this point.
  • Second, there’s the Bucks’ own NBA-best 60-22 regular-season record during the 2018-19 campaign to consider, as well as the fact they’ll bring back the core of the squad that accomplished that mark.

Naturally, events of the NBA offseason should also play a role in the state of some 2019-20 futures. The Lakers shape up as a particularly intriguing team to watch, considering their aforementioned slotting on sports betting boards. Armed with the No. 4 pick in the draft, oddsmakers clearly see LeBron James and company as a team with a chance to quickly ascend. Naturally, the reported trade acquisition of Anthony Davis would play a major role in Los Angeles retaining that lofty an expectation.

The Warriors also retain plenty of respect for the time being despite the expected extensive absences of both Kevin Durant and Thompson. Given the hit each’s free-agent stock just took, they could both conceivably return to the Bay Area. Yet, given their expected recovery timelines, they’d presumably be spectators for a significant portion of the season.

There are two squads in particular that could be poised for a sharp boost in futures odds once free agency begins in July. The Clippers and Nets both currently sport four-digit odds in terms of 2019-20 chances of an NBA title. Yet, the potential landing of Leonard in Los Angeles and Kyrie Irving in Brooklyn could each have a seismic impact on those figures.

The latest scuttlebutt still has the Clippers as the favorites to land Kawhi. However, the newly minted champion is expected to give a Raptors return much more serious consideration now that the chance to defend a title is in play. Then, the Irving-Nets connection has gained considerable traction, with the perennial All-Star letting it be known that he’s “intensely interested” in Brooklyn as he coincidentally (?) prepares to hire former Nets part-owner Jay Z’s Roc Nation Sports as his new representation.

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NBA futures betting 101

The NBA regular season is an 82-game marathon that encompasses nearly eight full months. The playoffs consist of quarterfinal, semifinal and final-round series in both the Eastern and Western Conference. The final team standing from each conference meet in the best-of-seven NBA Finals.

Prior to the start of the postseason, bettors can place wagers on a variety of playoff-related outcomes.

NBA futures bets function like futures bets in other sports. They’re typically based on an end-of-season outcome. Futures bets are usually made available on both the team- and player-level.

Prior to the start of a season, team-level futures could include a wager on the minimum number of wins a team will win in that season or whether a team will win its division or conference.

Player-level futures include whether a player will win the MVP, Rookie of the Year or Sixth Man of the Year awards, for example.  Other player-level futures are based on whether a player will reach certain benchmarks in common statistical categories such as points, three-point shots, rebounds or assists for the season.

Where do I find futures bets in an online sportsbook?

In an online sportsbook, available futures wagers are typically found under their own tab as a subcategory of wagers available for a particular sport. Like the odds for other bet types, futures bets are typically labeled with a number that has a “plus” or “minus” sign next to it.

In the case of futures bets, a “minus” sign would be placed next to a team or player that has a higher probability of reaching the statistical goal. Teams or players with a “plus” sign are considered by oddsmakers to have a lesser chance of reaching that goal. The higher the number next to the plus sign signifies the lower the probability the team or player achieves it.

For example, the Golden State Warriors entered the 2018-19 season as the overwhelming favorites and had a “minus” sign next to their odds of winning a third consecutive championship since prior to the season. When the playoffs began they were listed as “-210” in terms of their odds of emerging from the upcoming postseason as the top team. That signifies that a bettor would have to wager $210 to win $100 if he or she was putting money on the Warriors winning it all.

It’s also important to note that futures odds for both players and teams can certainly fluctuate throughout the course of a season.

Say a star such as Steph Curry had suffered a season-ending injury at some point during the regular season. Golden State’s odds of winning the championship would have naturally decreased dramatically as a result.

In such an instance, bettors may have seen those futures odds go from -210 to +210, for example. That means that a bettor still wishing to place a wager on Golden State to win at that point would have instead won $210 for every $100 bet, instead of having to wager $210 to win $100.

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Common questions regarding wagering on the NBA Finals

Where can I bet on the NBA Finals in the US?

Bettors can currently bet on the NBA Finals in the U.S. at a regulated sportsbook in one of the following eight states:

Who is the favorite to win the NBA Championship in 2020?

The Los Angeles Lakers enter the NBA offseason as the betting favorite to win the 2020 NBA title, but that could change after the NBA Draft and free agency. Be sure to follow TheLines.com for updated futures odds all year long.

When does the 2019-20 NBA season start?

The regular season will begin in October 2019.

When do the NBA finals start?

The NBA Finals are expected to begin in late May 2020.

Where can I get NBA betting tips?

PlayPicks.com is a valuable resource for bettors of all levels. Throughout the NBA season, PlayPicks.com will feature articles with a sports betting breakdown of select games, including a suggested lean or pick on the game’s point spread, moneyline and/or the projected total. Additionally, new bettors can find rewarding offers and bonuses exclusive to PlayPicks.com readers that are also first-time depositors.