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Lakers Favored to Win 2020 NBA Championship After Landing Anthony Davis

Robert Duff

by Robert Duff in NBA Basketball

Jun 15, 2019 · 10:46 PM PDT

New Laker Anthony Davis
The Los Angeles Lakers are +350 favorites to win the 2019-20 NBA title following Saturday's more to acquire Anthony Davis. Photo by Keith Allison (flickr).
  • The Los Angeles Lakers acquired F/C Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday
  • The Lakers  immediately became the 2020 NBA Championship favorites
  • The odds on the Lakers improved from +700 to +350 following the deal

Anthony Davis is the first shoe – or should that be sneaker – to drop.

The NBA’s summer of change began in earnest Saturday, as the long-rumored deal between the Los Angeles Lakers and New Orleans Pelicans finally went down.

The Lakers landed NBA all-star center/forward Davis from the Pelicans, and sportsbooks immediately vaulted LA to the top of their 2020 NBA Championship odds. The Lakers are now +350 favorites to win it all next spring.

2020 NBA Championship Odds

Team Odds
Los Angeles Lakers +350
Milwaukee Bucks +700
Houston Rockets +900
Golden State Warriors +1000
Los Angeles Clippers +1000
Toronto Raptors +1000
Philadelphia 76ers +1200
Boston Celtics +1400
Brooklyn Nets +2000
Denver Nuggets +2500

Odds taken 06/15/19. 

The Lakers were +700 to win the 2019-20 title prior to the trade. The Milwaukee Bucks (+600) had been favored prior to the deal.

In the opening odds, the Golden State Warriors were +300 favorites, followed by the Bucks at +600.

Davis Is A Dandy Acquisition

There are many in the NBA who consider Davis to be one of the best players in the league, both in the current realm and perhaps among the all-time greats.

He’s been lost under the radar in New Orleans, where he basically performed as a solo act for the Pelicans.

Paired with LeBron James, this will be a one-two punch to be feared. Davis won’t be required to do it all. They will play off each other’s strengths and torment the opposition.

As well, James will handle the leadership role, allowing Davis to focus on doing his job on the court. He won’t be the focal point as he was in New Orleans.

Laker Exceptionalism Is Back

They signed James last summer. They’ve traded for Davis, and speculation is they might not be done.

Reports are circulating that the Lakers will strongly pursue Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker if he doesn’t sign a new deal with the Hornets and opts for free agency.

Golden State is reeling, crushed by injury and facing an uncertain future. The Houston Rockets are perennial underachievers.

It’s been nine years since the Lakers played in the NBA finals. In franchise history, they’ve never gone a full decade without appearing in the finals.

The path is clear for them to make a run.

There’s More To Come

So many pieces need to be slotted into position in what figures to be the wildest offseason in NBA history. The future homes of stars such as Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Walker and Jimmy Butler have yet to be finalized.

Two years in a row, the Lakers landed A-list stars. They pursued Davis and made it happen. What free agent isn’t going to view the Lakers as an attractive destination?

At this juncture, betting the Lakers to win it all isn’t a bad play at all.

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