After a whirlwind offseason, the Los Angeles Clippers opened as the favorites to win the 2020 NBA name. When you have a take a look at the 2020 NBA Championship chances at the moment, it’s the Lakers who have moved to the favorite’s role.
Which group is your best bet at this point?
Odds as of 12/08/2019.
Once Kawhi Leonard made his choice to join with the Clippers instead of the Lakers, the Purple and Gold had to move fast to round out the roster. The moves they have made are likely what’s pushed them ahead in terms of the betting odds (although the Clippers remain preferred at +350 in BetOnline).
The Lakers picked up Danny Green, Quinn Cook, Troy Daniels, Jared Dudley, Avery Bradley and DeMarcus Cousins. They finally have a lineup of players that can spot up around the arc, and that is critical. Given LeBron James’ ability to break down guards, the supporting cast should include perimeter shooting.
The signing up of Cousins was also a shrewd pickup, because he didn’t cost the group very much and still has a high upside. Cousins had an up and down year with the Warriors but really is a former All-Star. As a cheap beginner or a seat guy who will step in to start and give Anthony Davis nights off, this is a great pickup.
The obstacle using overhauling a roster is really that we do not understand how the pieces will all fit together. Normally, it is not something that you worry about with James as he elevates the play everyone around him. But that didn’t happen last time as the team collapsed.
It is very likely that James makes men like Green, Bradley, Cousins, Rondo and Daniels improve. At exactly the same moment, when this team is your odds-on favored, you have to be thinking about the downside risk and there’s some here.
Also, don’t forget that there’s an entirely new coaching team. That just adds to the element of doubt. For these reasons, I wouldn’t bet on this team to win all of it. At this price.
The Clippers look like a better chance to win it as they have much more roll up consistency. Not only is head coach Doc Rivers back, this is a group which brings back Patrick Beverley,” Lou Williams along with Montrezl Harrell, who had been the core of the year’s apparatus. Landry Shamet and Ivica Zubac spent half of the year with the team.
Kawhi Leonard and Paul George are stellar defensive players as well as Beverley, you just know this team is going to be a lock-down unit . With all the Lakers, that side of this court makes you wonder.
Of the two Los Angeles teams, I’d earlier bet the Clippers compared to the Lakers.
Two teams that I love are the two at +800: the Houston Rockets and Philadelphia 76ers.
The Rockets have two MVP-caliber players Russell Westbrook and James Harden. And remember , they almost beat the Golden State Warriors at every one of the past couple of years in the playoffs with Chris Paul. How much better is they with Westbrook? They also made good moves, obtaining Austin Rivers and Tyson Chandler.
In terms of the 76ers, they’re a bit of a wild card but within my mindthey have the best starting lineup in the Eastern Conference. This is a group which has been a basket away from beating the Toronto Raptors in Game 7 of the second round of the match.
The Western Conference playoffs will be a gauntlet while the East is much easier. Philadelphia might be great enough to beat whomever they face, but having a much easier route to the last is critical to winning this prop. That’s why I like Philadelphia at +800, Also.
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