The second half of the 2020 NBA Season kicks off on Thursday, February 20. The first half of the season was all about the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference and the two L.A. teams in the Western Conference. Will the second half prove any different? Or, will the Bucks, Lakers, and Clippers show why they’re such huge favorites to win the NBA Title? Also, which among the three chalks offers the most value? Check out 2020 NBA Championship odds and analysis!
2020 NBA Championship Mid Season Odds
- When: Game 1 on June 4, 2020
- Where: TBD
2020 NBA Championship Odds
- A. Lakers +225
- A. Clippers +300
- Milwaukee Bucks +275
- Houston Rockets +1500
- Philadelphia 76ers +1700
- Boston Celtics +1400
- Denver Nuggets +2000
- Miami Heat +2400
- Dallas Mavericks +3500
- Utah Jazz +2000
- Toronto Raptors +1750
- Indiana Pacers +8000
- Brooklyn Nets +30000
- Portland Trail Blazers +7000
- Sacramento Kings +100000
- Oklahoma City Thunder +14000
- San Antonio Spurs +50000
- Orlando Magic +55000
- Golden State Warriors +50000
- New Orleans Pelicans +12000
- Detroit Pistons +100000
- Phoenix Suns +100000
- Charlotte Hornets +100000
- Atlanta Hawks +100000
- Memphis Grizzlies +20000
- Chicago Bulls +100000
- New York Knicks +100000
- Cleveland Cavaliers +10000
- Minnesota Timberwolves +100000
- Washington Wizards +100000
Which team among the Lakers, Clippers, and Bucks offers the most value to win the NBA Championship?
In the first half of the season, the Bucks dominated with a 46-8 SU record. Milwaukee put a beating on almost every team they faced. But the Bucks aren’t perfect. They rely way too much on Giannis Antetokounmpo. Giannis averages 30 points, 5.8 assists, and 13.5 boards per game. He leads Milwaukee in every category. That’s not a good thing. What’s worrisome if you like the Bucks is how Giannis leads the team in assists and it’s only 5.8 per.
LeBron leads the Lakers in assists per game with 10.8. Anthony Davis leads the team in points per with 26.6 and rebounds per with 9.2. There’s a reason to like the +225 chalk. James and AD have a two-man game that’s unparalleled in today’s NBA. That 2-man game should take the Lakers far in the playoffs.
But the team among the three that offers the most value are the Clippers. Not only are the Clippers at +300 but they also have the deepest bench. Trading for Marcus Morris should make the difference in the second half. Morris is a starter who averages 19 points and 5.4 board per. He’s another scorer in the starting 5 to go along with Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.
Lou Williams is instant offense off the bench. When Williams, Kawhi, and George are on the court together, the Clippers have 3 players that can dish or create their own shot. That’s rare in the NBA. Go with the Clippers if you’re looking to back a favorite.
Which team among the Rockets, 76ers, Raptors, and Celtics can take the NBA Championship in 2020?
Although Houston, Philadelphia, and Toronto have enough pieces to get lucky and win the championship this season, Boston can win rings without getting lucky. The Celtics are the only squad in the NBA with a Big 4: Kemba Walker, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, and Gordon Hayward. All 4 can light it up on any given night. They all play defense. They are all unselfish and they all have bought into Brad Steven’s system.
Boston ranks fifth or better in 3 defensive categories: points allowed, 106.2, field goal percentage allowed, 44.1%, and three-point percentage allowed, 34.3%. The Celtics can beat the Lakers, Clippers, or Bucks without any luck.
What team offers the most value? The Nuggets, Heat, Jazz, or Mavericks?
The Miami Heat offers much value at +2400. Miami has two-star players in Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo, a top coach in Erik Spoelstra, and rank second in three-point percentage and first in three-point percentage allowed. The bench is solid. Andre Iguodala, Jae Crowder, and Goran Dragic can provide starter minutes. Back Miami if you’re looking for an underdog.
What massive underdog has the best chance at surprising the world and winning the NBA Championship?
The Indiana Pacers are a massive underdog with a shot at shocking the world. Pacers guard Victor Oladipo is now healthy. So is Malcolm Brogden. The Pacers beat Milwaukee 118-111 in their last game before the all-star break. They did it by playing a complete game.
Indiana’s starting 5 rivals some of the better teams in the league. Oladipo and Brogden are at the guard positions while Indiana’s frontcourt might be the best in the NBA. Domantas Sabonis, Myles Turner, and T.J. Warren can play with any frontcourt. The Pacers can get it done at massive odds.