The Lakers are betting favorites to win the 2020 NBA title, somehow

Less than 24 hours after the Toronto Raptors won the franchise’s first NBA championship Thursday — they beat the Golden State Warriors, 114-110 — we can’t help but look ahead to next season. That, of course, includes tracking the odds for next year’s NBA champ.
Spoiler: It’s a real shocker, but maybe the oddsmakers know something the rest of us don’t.
The Los Angeles Lakers — the LeBron James-led team that did not make the NBA Playoffs this year and finished the regular season with a 37-45 record — are currently the favorites to win the 2019-20 NBA championship, according to PointsBet.

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Not the newly reigning champs, not the Milwaukee Bucks, not the Warriors — even though they’re barreling toward their most uncertain offseason in recent memory following Game 6 on Thursday. Nope, it’s the Lakers who have the best odds right now of winning a title next season.
Maybe the prognosticators believe the Lakers’ attempts to trade for Anthony Davis will work out. As our Charles Curtis argued this week, the Lakers need to do everything in their power to get Davis — even if it means parting with Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball — because it would be “a franchise-saving move that pairs James with a superstar.”

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Still, none of this has happened yet, and if the Lakers can’t get it together and give someone close to LeBron’s level to play with, they could end up with the same issues they had this year.
Looking back at the other teams’ 2019-20 championship odds, the Warriors were favored to win next season back on May 30, but that has clearly changed. They now have the seventh-best chance of winning, while the Raptors are at No. 5.
Here’s a complete look at the NBA championship odds for the 2019-20 season, per PointsBet:
Los Angeles Lakers +400
Milwaukee Bucks +500
Los Angeles Clippers +700
Philadelphia 76ers +800
Toronto Raptors +900
Houston Rockets +1000
Golden State Warriors +1100
Boston Celtics +1400
Denver Nuggets +2000
Brooklyn Nets +2000
Oklahoma City Thunder +2200
Utah Jazz +2500
New York Knicks +3000
Portland Trail Blazers +3000
Dallas Mavericks +5000
San Antonio Spurs +6000
Indiana Pacers +6600
New Orleans Pelicans +10000
Orlando Magic +150000
Chicago Bulls +15000
Sacramento Kings +15000
Atlanta Hawks +20000
Detroit Pistons +20000
Miami Heat +20000
Washington Wizards +20000
Minnesota Timberwolves +20000
Memphis Grizzlies +20000
Charlotte Hornets +25000
Cleveland Cavaliers +25000
Phoenix Suns +50000

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