Like last year, that news has been met with the Lakers’ championship odds rocketing to the top of the NBA.
Lakers new favorites for 2020 NBA Finals
Shortly after news broke of the Davis trade, Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook oddsmaker Jeff Sherman released a new set of NBA championship odds.
The Lakers are now the clear favorites to hoist the Larry O’Brien Trophy at 3/1 odds. The Lakers were also the Westgate favorites just one day earlier at 9/2 odds, but the megadeal has now put some distance between them and the No. 2 Milwaukee Bucks.
2019-20 NBA Championship winner updated— Jeff Sherman (@golfodds) June 15, 2019
GS, Phi 12/1
Bos, Den 16/1
Utah, Por 30/1
SA, Ind, NO 60/1
Orl, Atl 80/1
Mem, Chi, Sac, Phx 100/1
Det, Cha, Mia, Wsh, Cle, Min 200/1
That’s quite the ascension given that the Lakers opened as 20/1 long shots when odds were first released in early May. Since then, in addition to the Lakers’ big move, the previously favored Golden State Warriors crashed and burned, the Bucks came short of the Finals, the Boston Celtics appeared to have lost Kyrie Irving and the NBA Finals were won by a Toronto Raptors team that might lose its best player in Kawhi Leonard to free agency.
It’s hard to overstate how much has broken in the Lakers’ favor over the last month.
Lakers opened at 20/1, now favorites at 3/1. Warriors open as 7/4 favorites, now 12/1. Biggest percentage change since open? Knicks go from 16/1 to 50/1. pic.twitter.com/YA9IuGQgxv— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) June 15, 2019
Of course, the Lakers were 7/2 favorites last year after landing James, so who knows what could still happen.
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