After a whirlwind offseason, the Los Angeles Clippers opened up as the favorites to win against on the 2020 NBA name. However, when you take a look at the 2020 NBA Championship odds it’s the Lakers who’ve moved into the role of the favorite.
Which group is your best bet at this point?
Odds of 12/08/2019.
After Kawhi Leonard made his decision to join with the Clippers instead of the Lakers, the Purple and Gold needed to move fast to round out their roster. The moves they’ve made are probably what’s pushed them forward concerning the betting odds (although the Clippers are still favored at +350 in BetOnline).
The Lakers picked up Danny Green, Quinn Cook, Troy Daniels, Jared Dudley, Avery Bradley and DeMarcus Cousins. They finally have a lineup of players who can spot around the arc, and that’s vital. Given LeBron James’ ability to break down guards, the supporting cast should include powerful perimeter shooting.
The signing of Cousins was also a wise pickup, because he did not cost the team very much and has a upside down. Cousins had an up and down year with the Warriors but really is a former All-Star. As a cheap beginner or a bench guy who can step in to start and give Anthony Davis nights off, this is a fantastic pickup.
The problem using overhauling a roster is we do not understand how the pieces will fit together. Generally, it is not something you worry about with James as he elevates the play everyone around him. However, that didn’t happen last season as the team collapsed.
It is very likely that James makes guys like Green, Bradley, Cousins, Rondo and Daniels enhance. At exactly the same time, when this team is the odds-on favorite, you’ve got to be thinking about the downside risk and there’s a few here.
Also, don’t forget that there is a totally new coaching staff. That increases the element of uncertainty. For these reasons, I would not bet on this team to win everything. At this price.
The Clippers look like a better bet to win it as they have far more roster consistency. Not only will be head coach Doc Rivers back, but this is a team that brings forth Patrick Beverley,” Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell, that had been the heart of last year’s unit. Landry Shamet and Ivica Zubac spent half the year with the group.
Kawhi Leonard and Paul George are leading defensive players and with Beverley, you just know that this group is going to be a lock-down unit . With all the Lakers, that side of this court gets you wonder.
Of both Los Angeles teams, I’d sooner bet the Clippers than the Lakers.
Two teams that I enjoy are both at +800: the Houston Rockets and Philadelphia 76ers.
The Rockets have two MVP-caliber players Russell Westbrook along with James Harden. And remember they almost beat the Golden State Warriors at every one of the last two years in the playoffs with Chris Paul. How much better can they be with Westbrook? They also made great moves, obtaining Austin Rivers and Tyson Chandler.
As for the 76ers, they are a small wild card but in my head , they have the very best starting lineup in the Eastern Conference. This is a group that was a basket off from beating the Toronto Raptors at Game 7 of their next round of the match.
The Western Conference playoffs are going to be quite a gauntlet while the East is much simpler. Philadelphia may be good enough to beat whomever they confront, but with a much easier route to the last is essential to winning this brace. That is why I enjoy Philadelphia at +800, Too.
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