Free Agency Movements and Betting Odds to Win The 2019-20 NBA Championship
- The era of super teams is over, or at least they will not be present during the 2019-2020 season of the NBA.
The NBA is now set to have one of its most balanced and unpredictable seasons, and that’s great for the fans. We are going to delve into the future probabilities of the NBA after all the frenzy of free agency.
Los Angeles Clippers +300
Let’s give applause to Jerry West and his fantastic creativity to make moves. The Clippers were the last team to get a piece of the free agent, but they were patient enough to wait for the biggest fish of all: Kawhi Leonard.
Leonard was the obsession of all the NBA teams and, mostly, of the Lakers and the Raptors. The Clippers not only got the superstar from the finals but gave the house to bring Paul George from the OKC Thunder.
The Clippers already had a great team that had taken the Warriors to six games in the last playoffs, and with the arrival of these two teams, the situation is to win a championship or nothing.
The Clips went from +1600 to win the NBA title to +270, becoming the instant favorites. The Clippers have a 25% implicit probability of winning the NBA title now.
Los Angeles Lakers +400
The fans of the Lakers were excited until a few days ago. They were the favorites to win the NBA championship listed +150, and now they are not even the favorite team in their own city. We can find the Lakers +350 now with an implicit probability of 20% winning the title.
The duo between LeBron James and Anthony Davis will be amazing, especially because we are talking about two of the five best players in the NBA. The problem with the Lakers is the rest of the team. Its depth is not good and compared to the Clippers, it’s more of a problem. They added DeMarcus Cousins, but at the moment it does not look like something that is great news.
The Lakers are also trying to make a trade for veteran Andre Iguodala, who was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies. Iguodala could be an excellent piece for this team if they manage to do it.
Milwaukee Bucks +500
Perhaps the Milwaukee Bucks were the most benefited of all the mess that happened in the free agency of the NBA. They just sat down and kept a couple of key players. They gave a maximum contract to Khris Middleton and in the meantime kept Brook Lopez.
They also saw how the Toronto Raptors lost Kawhi Leonard to the Western Conference. That move made his biggest opponent much weaker. The Bucks were +600 to win the NBA title before Leonard moved to Los Angeles. Now in the Predictions and Favorites to Win the Championship we can find them in +500 with a 17% implicit probability of winning. Milwaukee also became an instant favorite to win the Eastern Conference listed at +135.
Philadelphia 76ers +800
With the fall of the Raptors, another team that took a step closer to the championship are the Philadelphia 76ers. They signed Tobias Harris giving him a free pass to become the second in command behind Joel Embiid.
Ben Simmons has to work on his external game to be considered a superstar. It’s good enough to create plays and beat average teams in the league. However, the lack of a good shot becomes a problem for the Sixers.
They also brought Al Horford, who is a stallion in his position. At +850, the Sixers have a 16% chance to win the title.