Way too early preview for the 2020-21 NBA season

By The Capital Sports Report Staff

This year’s NBA Finals have not wrapped up yet, but it’s not a foregone conclusion that a certain LeBron-led team is going to emerge victorious. We’re not counting out Miami, but we’re moving on and looking forward to the 2020-21 NBA season. NBA odds are already out for next year as we’ll look at the main story lines and prognosticate which players and teams will matter.

Which player moves affect the NBA title picture?

You can find betting odds on the NBA on next year’s season to determine how oddsmakers are gauging the public’s expectations.

Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James reacts against the Oklahoma City Thunder
LeBron James reacts against the Oklahoma City Thunder (Getty Images)

It all starts and ends on whether Giannis Antetokounmpo will leave Milwaukee. The back-to-back MVP faced an early exit this season and speculation has run amok that he will ditch the Bucks for greener pastures. It’s also a question on which team he goes to. The Toronto Raptors and Miami Heat are the frontrunners.

The Bucks currently sit at +650 to win the NBA title next season. This is predicated on Antetokounmpo’s future with oddsmakers leaning on him staying. The next two aforementioned teams, Toronto (+2000) and Miami (+1400) are outside contenders.

The other superstars that have made headlines are James Harden and Ben Simmons of Houston and Philadelphia, respectively. Both their teams had disappointing playoff runs and have changed their coaching. Rumours are swirling that Philadelphia will swap Harden for Simmons.

If Houston (+2000) and Philadelphia (+3000) make a blockbuster deal involving both franchise players, expect betting odds to get shaken up.

Other teams making headlines are the Golden State Warriors (+1200) and Brooklyn Nets (+1400). The Warriors were devastated by injuries this season and now have the 2nd overall pick. They either draft a future star with that pick or trade it to acquire another star. Either way, they are expected to contend again.

Brooklyn will also get back Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, arguably the NBA’s deadliest duo. With a new coach in legendary point guard Steve Nash, the Nets are going to change the power dynamics in the Eastern Conference.

2020-21 NBA Champions: the early odds

The 2020-21 NBA season won’t be starting any time soon at least not before Christmas. This gives a bit more of an offseason for teams to get ready and for more players to switch teams. Treat betting odds on the NBA with a grain of salt and check frequently for movement.

With that in mind, let’s eye the main teams worth looking out for next season’s title picture:

Los Angeles Lakers (+350): with both the Clippers’ and Bucks’ collapse in the playoffs this year, the Lakers sit at the top as next year’s championship favourites. They have handled every team they faced in the playoffs and signs are optimistic that Anthony Davis will be signing a long-term deal.

Los Angeles Clippers (+400): coach Doc Rivers paid the price for the Clippers’ catastrophic collapse in the playoffs this year. Still, this is one of the most talented and deepest teams in the league. It all depends on whether the team will make some player changes and who coaches.

Milwaukee Bucks (+650): The Bucks are the tentative favourites from the East heading to next season but that will change if Antetokounmpo leaves. Whichever team Antetokounmpo joins could be the new favourites. But as it stands, Milwaukee is still the favourite.

Miami Heat (+1400): it speaks to how underrated the Heat are when the Celtics (+1200), a team they beat, and the Warriors (+1200), a team that didn’t make the playoffs, are ranked higher. But the Heat could prove this year wasn’t a fluke and if they land Antetokounmpo, they could be the outright favourites.

Toronto Raptors (+2000): like Miami, the Raptors are also underrated and are also after Antetokounmpo. But even if they don’t acquire him, they will still clear enough cap space to make some deals. Toronto could bolster their already formidable unit and be a title threat yet again.

Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry attempts a shot against the Golden State Warriors in Game Six of the 2019 NBA Finals
Kyle Lowry attempts a shot against the Golden State Warriors in Game Six of the 2019 NBA Finals (Getty Images)

Keep track of the NBA by reviewing betting odds

Looking through the NBA odds is a nice starting point for gauging how the NBA will shape up next year. Keep in mind that odds are not formed to accurately predict the teams’ performances but how the public perceives them.

Popular teams tend to get plenty of love hence they have lower betting odds than overshadowed teams regardless of how competent they are. This is most evident when Boston and Golden State are considered better title favourites than Miami, Denver, and Toronto when they are all on the same tier.

Depending on the book, props can also be found on other interesting items such as what team Antetokounmpo will land on or what the Warriors will do with their second overall pick. Other odds are also created for the NBA Draft, the win/loss totals of teams, and NBA awards like the MVP and Defensive Player of the Year (DPOY).

NBA betting odds aren’t strictly for betting. In fact, they are what most analysts and sportscasters use when doing their own breakdowns. Check out NBA odds frequently and stay in the loop.

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