Handicapping 2020 NBA Championship Futures
Looking for 2020 NBA Championship Futures Betting Lines & Expert Picks? NBA teams are all approaching the 30 games played mark, and the sample size of what we’re seeing from each team is expanding.
Handicapping 2020 NBA Gambling Future Lines
The NBA season is about 30 games in, so we’ve seen each team play a little more than a third of their regular season games. That marks a good milestone to reevaluate the futures board in search of value as we try to take advantage of the information now available to us.
Here’s a look at three favorites, three longshots, and three teams from the middle of the pack, with a recommended play from each category:
2020 NBA Championship Futures Betting Lines: Los Angeles Clippers +250
Things came together a lot quicker for the Clippers than expected, thanks in large part to the early return of Paul George. But Kawhi Leonards reclamation project of the Clippers looks destined for big things.
Ferocious defense is the catalyst of this team’s success, and that’s no surprise – Doc Rivers has coached super teams before and that was the name of the game for his championship Celtics team.
2020 NBA Championship Futures Betting Lines: Los Angeles Lakers +250
Another team that’s come together quicker than expected is the Lakers, who missed the playoffs a year ago and seem to be counting down their magic number to clinch a playoff spot already this season.
LeBron James and Anthony Davis seem to be toying with the rest of the league as they do what they want on the court. And Frank Vogel was clearly the man for the job as the leader of the group, implementing a defensive system that’s made this team look unstoppable.
2020 NBA Championship Futures Betting Lines: Milwaukee Bucks +500
While those two heavy favorites duke it out in the West, the Bucks have a much easier path to the Finals out East. Giannis Antetokounmpo is putting together another MVP-worthy campaign, and the Bucks have freezed out ahead of all their competitors in the Eastern Conference standings. Their road to the Finals differentiates them from the West’s juggernauts.
The play: Bucks +500
2020 NBA Championship Futures Betting Lines: Philadelphia 76ers +1000
While the Bucks have established themselves as the team to beat in the East, the 76ers aren’t too far behind. Joel Embiid seems to be figuring things out, and he’s as good as anyone in the East when he’s at his best. Teams in the West have many roadblocks in their path to the Finals, but there are far fewer for Philadelphia.
2020 NBA Championship Futures Betting Lines: Houston Rockets +1200
The Rockets have figured out a way to share the ball between James Harden and Russell Westbrook, but they haven’t reached the highs many expected from this group.
Daryl Morey’s shown a willingness to push his chips to the middle of the table, and he may need to make another bold move to put this team in position to compete with the big dogs.
2020 NBA Championship Futures Betting Lines: Dallas Mavericks +3000
Luka Doncic has been a revelation after the Mavericks selected him third overall just a year ago, with many analysts tabbing him as the MVP frontrunner. He’s going to need some help around him to win four-out-of-seven against the West juggernauts, but he’s showing he can be piece 1A on a championship team.
The play: 76ers +1000
2020 NBA Championship Futures Betting Lines: Toronto Raptors +6000
The Raptors may be the defending champions, but they’re not getting any respect around the league this season. They have many key pieces from last year’s title team still in place, and are playing the same system that proved too much for all comers a year ago. There’s no better value on the board.
2020 NBA Gambling Future Lines: Portland Trail Blazers +28000
The Blazers bringing in Carmelo Anthony to play a prominent role speaks to how far this team’s fallen after making the final four a year ago. Damian Lillard’s shown he can put the team on his back, but there’s just not enough around him at the moment to consider this team a true contender like they were a year ago.
2020 NBA Gambling Future Lines: Orlando Magic +50000
The Magic have one end of the court figured out playing Steve Clifford’s suffocating defensive system, but scoring’s been a problem.
The team has been rumoured to be in talks to acquire a top-level scorer (D’Angelo Russell? DeMar DeRozan) which would be a game-changer.
The play: Raptors +6000
All 2020 NBA Championship Futures Betting Lines
- Boston Celtics +2500
- Denver Nuggets +2500
- Utah Jazz +4000
- Miami Heat +7000
- Indiana Pacers +10000
- Brooklyn Nets +23000
- Minnesota Timberwolves +50000
- Phoenix Suns +50000
- Sacramento Kings +50000
- New Orleans Pelicans +100000
- Oklahoma City Thunder +100000
- San Antonio Spurs +100000
- Golden State Warriors +200000
- Chicago Bulls +250000
- Detroit Pistons +250000
- Memphis Grizzlies +250000
- Atlanta Hawks +999900
- Charlotte Hornets +999900
- Cleveland Cavaliers +999900
- New York Knicks +999900
- Washington Wizards +999900
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