There is perhaps no professional sports league in North America with more year-round appeal than the National Basketball Association. In fact, the league’s offseason manages to generate as much, if not more, interest than parts of the regular season. Less than two weeks after 2019-20 postseason wrapped up, the 2019 NBA Draft took place as the next crop of superstars enter the league. Another week and a half later, and the feeding frenzy known as NBA free agency officially begins, sur to once again re-shape the landscape of the league for the upcoming season and beyond.
From the perspective of fans and NBA betting players, the wagering opportunities seemingly never end at places like DraftKings Sportsbook. New Jersey sports betting players were presented with a wide range of NBA Draft markets, that variety extends to next year’s regular season. Despite the 2019-20 NBA schedule not tipping off for another four months, bettors already have the opportunity to make NBA predictions on the various markets including:
- Team Win Totals
- 2019-20 NBA Champion
NBA Futures Odds For 2019-20 On DraftKings Sportsbook
Looking at NBA futures odds for the 2019-20 championship may feel premature to some, but that all depends on perspective. Many teams have roster questions that need to be answered throughout the free agency period, which is sure to have an effect on oddsmakers’ lines for the upcoming season. On the other side, however, the fluid nature of the NBA offseason could give players a chance to strike at beneficial odds.
NBA Finals Odds: LeBron And The Lakers Are Betting Favorites
As soon as the Lakers found a way to pair LeBron James and Anthony Davis, betting lines on Lois Angeles were trimmed, as expected. Because oddsmakers expected the Lakers to make impactful offseason moves, they were already near the top of oddsmakers’ lists. Where things currently stand, the Lakers are currently heavy betting favorites at +350. Here’s a look at the favorites to win the 2019-20 NBA championship at DraftKings Sportsbook:
Behind the Lakers are the Bucks (+500), which finished as the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference after going 60-22. They were defeated by the eventual-champion Toronto Raptors (+750), which probably don’t have lower odds due to the uncertain of Kawhi Leonard’s future. Behind the two Eastern Conference powers on the DraftKings app are five-time defending Western Conference champion Warriors (+800) and the Houston Rockets (+800), followed by the upstart Philadelphia 76ers (+1000).
One of the more interesting lines is for the Clippers (+1400), which suggests oddsmakers expect the other Los Angeles team to make moves of its own in free agency. NJ sports betting players need to be convinced that Leonard, and possibly a second star, make their way into Clippers uniforms to make this wager a smart one.
NBA Futures: Team Win Totals For 2019-20
Like NBA Finals odds, lines for specific team win totals are sure to fluctuate as rosters shift around personnel. The Lakers, for example, have a total of 54.5 (-115) on DraftKings Sportsbook, which is a rapid increase from the days leading up to the Lakers trading for Davis. If Los Angeles lands another huge star, sports betting players could see that number continue to rise on DraftKings Sportsbook. Below, we’re plucking a few win totals and making early NBA predictions on which lines we’d consider jumping on at this point of the summer ahead of free agency.
- Golden State Warriors: Over 47.5 wins (+125)/Under 47.5 wins (-155)
While we can’t expect Golden State’s dynasty to continue without Kevin Durant and possibly without Klay Thompson as well, odds on the Warriors tell two different stories. So let me get this straight: the Warriors have the fourth-lowest NJ sports betting odds (tied for second in the West) at +800, which puts them in serious contention to make a sixth straight trip to the NBA Finals. That said, their over/under total is somehow just 47.5 AND we can get plus-money on that bet?
A win total of 47 would have kept Golden State out of the 2018-19 playoffs in the West, so how can they simultaneously be a non-playoff team and a legitimate contender? The truth is probably somewhere in the middle, but for now, we love Golden State Over 47.5 wins at +125 on DraftKings Sportsbook.
- Denver Nuggets: Over 50.5 (-115)/Under 50.5 (-106)
The Nuggets were one of the pleasant surprises of last season, posting 54 wins and leading the Western Conference for large chunks of the season with young stars like Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray. Not much has changed to make us think this team will lose four wins next season, as no team in the Northwest appears to be landing an additional superstar to alter the landscape of that division.
If you’re with us and don’t think Denver was a fluke last season, this is an easy bet at nearly even money. The Nuggets have two budding stars and were one game from reaching the Western Conference Finals. They’re a dominant home team capable of eclipsing what they did last season, but knowing they can lose three less games and still win this bet makes us feel even better about our NBA prediction.
- Indiana Pacers Over 47.5 (-110)/Under 47.5 (-110)
Indiana lost its best player in Victor Oladipo in January, and it looked like their season was over from a competitive standpoint. The Pacers, however, rallied for 48 wins and clinched a well-earned playoff berth. It doesn’t feel like replicating that success is likely, however, since Oladipo may not return until mid-season. Even when he does return, we aren’t guaranteed to get the player we knew right away. This is also a roster that requires some work with tons of unrestricted free agents, and at this point it’s hard to imagine them getting back to that win total without the veteran presence that helped them down the stretch.