NBA Futures Odds 2020

Odds, Analysis, And How To Bet

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06/14/2020
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LA Clippers
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+325
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+330
LA Lakers
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+425
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+440
Milwaukee
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+650
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+550
Philadelphia
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+750
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+850
Houston
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+800
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+950
Utah
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+1300
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+1200
Golden State
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+1400
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+1400
Denver
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+2300
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+1900
Brooklyn
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+2500
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+2300
Boston
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+2500
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+2700
Portland
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+3500
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+3900
Toronto
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+3600
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+4000
Indiana
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+5000
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+4900
Miami
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+6000
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+6500
New Orleans
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+6000
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+6500
San Antonio
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+6600
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+6500
Dallas
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+7400
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+6500
Orlando
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+10000
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+16000
Sacramento
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+15000
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+16000
Atlanta
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+15000
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+21000
Detroit
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+15000
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+21000
Minnesota
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+15000
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+21000
Oklahoma City
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+15000
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+21000
Chicago
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+20000
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+21000
New York
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+25000
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+25000
Washington
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+50000
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+25000
Charlotte
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+50000
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+25000
Cleveland
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+50000
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+25000
Memphis
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+50000
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+25000
Phoenix
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+50000
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+25000

For more than a year, the anticipation for this summer’s NBA free agency period slowly gathered steam. The suspense was warranted, given that the prospective list read like a Who’s Who of basketball royalty. And it didn’t just shape up as a top-heavy class, either. The so-called second tier of available assets was far from mediocre, considering it included names such as Mike Conley, Malcolm Brogdon, Al Horford, Nikola Vucevic, DeAndre Jordan and Khris Middleton.

As expected, a lot of dust settled over the first 48 hours of the “moratorium period”, the stretch during which teams can essentially secure commitments from players prior to the inception of the official signing period July 6. The major dominoes began falling quickly over the weekend, with a surprise or two adding to the fun:

  • Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant and DeAndre Jordan to the Nets.
  • Kemba Walker stepping into Irving’s former shoes in Boston.
  • The Sixers moving on quickly from the loss of Jimmy Butler and J.J. Redick by acquiring Josh Richardson and Al Horford.

And that’s just some of the biggest moves among a barrage of others.

Kawhi Leonard, arguably the darling of this year’s class when considering Durant headed into free agency facing a redshirt 2019-20 season, was still keeping the NBA world in suspense through the July 4 holiday. Then late into the night on July 5 he chose the LA Clippers as his destination and recruited fellow All-World star Paul George to go with him, prompting a huge trade with the Thunder. Overnight, the Clippers moved from +3500 longshots to win the 2019-20 title to +290 favorites at FanDuel Sportsbook.

Before the Kawhi/George News, the Lakers had fortified their standing as the odds-on favorite for the 2019-20 title, a slotting they already enjoyed upon the acquisition of Anthony Davis via trade. The Celtics, Jazz and Nets have naturally enjoyed a modest but solid boost in their odds as well due to their free agency moves as well.

But it’s unsurprisingly been a rough go for the odds of two legacy Western Conference powerhouses. Both the Rockets and Warriors are seeing their futures endure an unfamiliar descent.

Houston missed out on Butler when the Sixers worked out a sign-and-trade deal with the Heat and have done nothing outside of re-signing three reserves in Gerald Green, Austin Rivers and Danuel House, Jr.

For their part, the Warriors naturally saw Durant head across the country. They did re-sign Klay Thompson to a max contract, but he’s not expected to be available until March at the earliest due to his torn ACL. And while the surprise acquisition of D’Angelo Russell in a sign-and-trade arrangement with the Nets gives them a dynamic backcourt mate for Stephen Curry, there’s some rumors the 2015 first-round pick may just be passing through and won’t suit up for Golden State this coming season.

Follow TheLines.com all offseason for updated NBA futures odds and analysis.

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 states:

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

The Los Angeles Lakers entered the NBA offseason as the betting favorite to win the 2020 NBA title, but that changed on July 6 when Kawhi Leonard revealed that he would sign with the Clippers. Paul George is also joining Leonard on the Clippers following a trade with Oklahoma City. The Clips are now the betting favorite to tin the 2019-20 NBA title. 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.