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Blazers’ 2020 NBA Championship Odds Open at 50-1 After Making Western Conference Finals

Portland Trail Blazers guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum
Portland Trail Blazers guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum look on during an NBA game between the Blazers and the Los Angeles Clippers. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire)
  • The Toronto Raptors won the 2019 NBA Championship last night but are not expected to repeat according to the latest odds
  • Klay Thompson tore his ACL in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals
  • The Golden State Warriors have opened as +300 favorites to win the 2020 NBA Championship

The Toronto Raptors were crowned NBA Champions last night, but in the NBA betting world, that is already old news. The latest NBA Championship odds have come out, and the Golden State Warriors have opened as the favorites for the third consecutive year.

2020 NBA Championship Odds

Team 2020 NBA Championship Odds at Bovada
Golden State Warriors +300
Milwaukee Bucks +600
Los Angeles Lakers +750
Houston Rockets +1000
Toronto Raptors +1000
New York +1000
Boston Celtics +1800
Los Angeles Clippers +1800
Philadelphia 76ers +1800
Brooklyn Nets +2500

Odds taken 06/14/19. Click on the link in the table above to see odds for all 30 teams.

The Warriors will be looking a little different next year. Even though the Warriors are expected to offer Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant max contracts, the two are expected to miss most, if not all, of the entire 2019-20 season with significant injuries.

Is the West the Best?

Historically, the Western Conference has won seven of the last 11 NBA Championships, with the Warriors helping that statistic by winning three in the past five years. The league does seem to be evening out with trade and free agents going to different conferences, so the West vs East debate might not be as big of a factor is coming years.

Trail Blazers Could Be Special in 2019-20

Despite not being in the top 10 for odds to win the 2020 NBA Championship, the Portland Trail Blazers (+5000) should still be considered a contender after making it to the Western Conference Finals in 2019.

Portland is an organization that has been hanging around over the good part of the last decade, and this year they were finally able to break the seal and make a statement. Making it to the Western Conference Finals surpassing all expectations, even though they were swept by the Warriors, showed that they are capable.

The organization has been building around Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum for some time now, and this off season they’re going to have to run with the momentum they have going. Between Jusuf Nurkic’s recovery and the likelihood of a supermax for Lillard, the 2019-20 season has the possibility of being something special.

Big Changes Are Coming With Draft and Free Agency Fast Approaching

Every summer so much can change with free agency and the draft class, and this summer seems to be shaping up to be no different. With superstars asking for trades that could include multiple different teams, the heavy draft class led by Zion Williamson, and some of the biggest names in the game looking to get paid this summer, the teams we see now could be very different in a months time.

I don’t think anyone knows what to expect this summer, but what we do know is the draft is in seven days, and 10 days later is free agency, so things won’t be slowing down anytime soon. I don’t think anyone will be surprised if the Larry O’Brian trophy stays in the East as the East is getting more and more competitive.

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