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BetOnline Lists Nuggets at 33-1 to Win 2019 NBA Championship

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Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets are 33-1 to win the NBA title despite having the second-best record in the Western Conference. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire)
  • BetOnline lists the Denver Nuggets as 33-1 to win the NBA Championship
  • The 54-28 Nuggets are the no. 2 seed in the Western Conference
  • Denver finished with the NBA’s best home-court record this season at 34-7

The Denver Nuggets haven’t been seeded this high entering the NBA playoffs since the spring of 2009. But that fact of life isn’t winning Denver any love from the major online sportsbooks in the NBA Championship odds.

BetOnline puts the Nuggets at +3300 to win the NBA Finals. MyBookie

has them at +1700 and Bovada has them at +1800.

2019 NBA Championship Odds

Team 2019 NBA Championship Odds at BetOnline
Golden State Warriors -200
Milwaukee Bucks +600
Toronto Raptors +800
Houston Rockets +1400
Boston Celtics +2000
Philadelphia 76ers +2500
Denver Nuggets +3300
Oklahoma City Thunder +3300
Utah Jazz +5000
Brooklyn Nets +10000
Indiana Pacers +10000
San Antonio Spurs +10000
Portland Trail Blazers +10000
Orlando Magic +15000
Detroit Pistons +25000
Los Angeles Clippers +25000

*Odds taken on 04/11/19

Denver is in the postseason for the first time since 2012-13. The Nuggets have lost their last five playoff series.

Feasting on Home Cooking

Denver’s 34-7 record at the Pepsi Center is the best home-court mark in the NBA this season.

The San Antonio Spurs, Denver’s first-round opponent, went 16-25 on the road this season, 15th among the 16 NBA playoff teams and the worst of any Western Conference club that qualified for postseason play. The Spurs were 0-2 at Denver this season.

Nuggets of Wisdom

A furious 15-0 run in the final 4:01 of the season finale landed Denver a 99-95 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves and second seed in the Western Conference.

They’re on the opposite side of the playoff bracket from the defending champion Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets and Utah Jazz, a trio that Denver went a combined 3-9 against this season.

Nuggets of Concern

Denver is a newbie to all of this postseason stuff. It’s the first playoff go round for Denver’s two stars, All-Star center Nikola Jokic and point guard Jamal Murray.

Just five players on the roster have any postseason experience, for a combined total of 148 career NBA playoffs appearances.

The Spurs are in the playoffs for the 22nd straight season and are 5-1 in postseason series against the Nuggets. As Denver coach Mike Malone noted, he has a wedding ring, while Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has five championship rings.

Northwest Rarely Best

Created in 2004, the NBA’s Northwest Division is still seeking to produce its first league champion. Only one Northwest winner, the 2011-12 Oklahoma City Thunder, have gone all the way to the NBA Finals.

This is the third time that the Nuggets have won the division crown. In 2008-09, they reached the Western Conference Final. In 2005-06, they were eliminated in the first round of postseason play.

Can a Two Be the One?

Golden State won last year’s NBA title as the two-seed in the West. Overall, no. 2 seeds from the West are 8-8 in NBA Finals, but four of those wins came prior to 1953. 

Denver has never won a title in the NBA or ABA. The Nuggets are too inexperienced to make a playoff run. Like Portland, last season’s Northwest champions, it wouldn’t be shocking to see them ousted in Round 1.

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