It didn’t take long for sportsbooks everywhere to release odds on who they think will win the 2020 NBA Finals. People in Toronto may still be celebrating their team’s win and basking in the glory of the Raptors winning their first NBA championship.
But the rest of the world wasted no time in shifting gears and looking to next season. So, sportsbooks obliged and offered odds on every NBA team’s chance to win it all next season. But there is one that decided to take it a step further.
Rather than force you to select just one team, Caesars has offered an intriguing option:
- Will a California based team win the 2020 NBA Finals?
o Yes +175
o No -210
That translates into a 36.36 percent chance that either the Golden State Warriors, Sacramento Kings, Los Angeles Lakers, or Los Angeles Clippers will win the championship next season, and a 67.74 percent chance they will not.
It sounds like ‘no’ is the way to go, right? But if you consider each team’s odds to win, the picture looks a little different (via Caesars as of June 20):
- Golden State Warriors +1100
- Sacramento Kings +7500
- Los Angeles Lakers +300
- Los Angeles Clippers +700
The odds certainly do not look good for the Kings, but they are promising for everyone else.
Some will say the Warriors should be tossed out as a viable option right off the bat. But they managed to hang with the Raptors the rest of the way in Game Six after Klay Thompson went down. Of course, playing an entire season without Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson is entirely different than a quarter or a few weeks.
But the Warriors still have some talent on the roster. Steph Curry and Draymond Green are two of the best in the business. If their young bench can continue to develop throughout the season next year, the Warriors could still be a force in the postseason.
Of course, with the trade for Anthony Davis, the Lakers are the team everyone is talking about. But it is important to remember that was the case last year when they acquired LeBron James. Having two superstars will be better than just one. But the Lakers have no idea how James and Davis will mesh, and they still need shooters.
As for the Clippers, they made the Warriors work for it during the most recent postseason. Should they acquire Kawhi Leonard, as expected, they will be a force to be reckoned with in the Western Conference next year.
Does this mean taking ‘yes’ is a good bet? No, but it doesn’t mean it is a bad one either.
The Clippers chances are hinging on whether they acquire Kawhi Leonard. After last season’s dumpster fire of a campaign, it may be wise to temper expectations for the Lakers next year (may have a better chance in 2021).
As for Golden State, they are not going to be the same Warriors next year—but we don’t know what they will be.
If everything works out for the Lakers, Clippers, and Warriors, it is not hard to picture one of them winning it all next year. But if one thing goes wrong….