2020-21 NBA Championship Odds - Basketball Betting

2020-21 NBA Championship Betting

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The 2020-21 NBA season will begin on Tuesday, December 22, 2020. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 75th season of the National Basketball Association will look a bit different. The start of the season was delayed because the previous season ended in October with the Los Angeles Lakers defeating the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals. The 2020-21 season will have teams playing 72 games instead of the traditional 82 games. The NBA Draft will be held on November 18 and training camps will open on December 1. The NBA Playoffs will begin in mid-May and conclude sometime in July. It is also expected that there will be a play-in tournament where some teams will qualify for the playoffs. The playoffs are expected to be concluded sometime in early July and definitely before the 2021 Olympics which are scheduled to begin on July 23rd in Tokyo, Japan.

2020-21 NBA Championship Odds (Apr 12)

ODDS TO WIN 2020-21 - NBA CHAMPIONSHIP
Atlanta Hawks +12500 Boston Celtics +5000 Brooklyn Nets +205
Charlotte Hornets +23500 Chicago Bulls +40000 Cleveland Cavaliers +300000
Dallas Mavericks +4800 Denver Nuggets +1405 Detroit Pistons +500000
Golden State Warriors +27500 Houston Rockets +500000 Indiana Pacers +18000
Los Angeles Clippers +561 Los Angeles Lakers +340 Memphis Grizzlies +18500
Miami Heat +3500 Milwaukee Bucks +932 Minnesota Timberwolves +500000
New Orleans Pelicans +24000 New York Knicks +35000 Oklahoma City Thunder +500000
Orlando Magic +500000 Philadelphia 76ers +1088 Phoenix Suns +1707
Portland Trail Blazers +5500 Sacramento Kings +100000 San Antonio Spurs +35000
Toronto Raptors +21500 Utah Jazz +792 Washington Wizards +75000

2020-21 NBA Eastern Conference Odds (Apr 12)

ODDS TO WIN 2020-21 - NBA EASTERN CONFERENCE
Atlanta Hawks +4800 Boston Celtics +2150 Brooklyn Nets -144
Charlotte Hornets +9500 Chicago Bulls +17000 Cleveland Cavaliers +150000
Detroit Pistons +250000 Indiana Pacers +7000 Miami Heat +1275
Milwaukee Bucks +395 New York Knicks +15500 Orlando Magic +200000
Philadelphia 76ers +425 Toronto Raptors +8500 Washington Wizards +32500

2020-21 NBA Western Conference Odds (Apr 12)

ODDS TO WIN 2020-21 - NBA WESTERN CONFERENCE
Dallas Mavericks +2450 Denver Nuggets +679 Golden State Warriors +14000
Houston Rockets +250000 Los Angeles Clippers +281 Los Angeles Lakers +165
Memphis Grizzlies +9500 Minnesota Timberwolves +250000 New Orleans Pelicans +11500
Oklahoma City Thunder +250000 Phoenix Suns +840 Portland Trail Blazers +2646
Sacramento Kings +50000 San Antonio Spurs +17000 Utah Jazz +397

A number of teams will have new coaches in 2020-21. The Brooklyn Nets will be coached by Steve Nash, the Chicago Bulls by Billy Donovan, the Houston Rockets hired Stephen Silas, the Pacers are going with Nate Bjorkgren, the Clippers hired Tyronn Lue, the Pelicans are going with Stan Van Gundy, the Knicks hired Tom Thibodeau and the 76ers hired Doc Rivers. We still don’t know the head coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The 2020-21 season still has the COVID-19 pandemic hanging over its head. The NBA is planning to have teams play games in their home markets and with some fans in attendance. Whether that will happen is still unclear. Last season’s playoffs were played in a bubble and the league had success in preventing COVID-19 outbreaks. Protocols for the 2020-21 season are still in the process of being agreed to by the players.

The 2020-21 season will have a very brief preseason, with teams playing just three or four games. The NBA is expected to cut travel this season by at least 25% and limit the number of cross-country flights, especially early in the season. There is a chance that the league may completely eliminate East-West games this season with teams playing the other four teams in its division eight times and playing the other ten teams in the conference a total of four times.

The NBA Playoff format from last season was such a success that the NBA is continuing the play-in tournament for the last two seeds. Last season if the eighth-place team finished four games or fewer in front of the ninth-place team, those teams would play for the final playoff spot with the No. 9 seed having to win two games to advance. The idea for the 2020-21 season is that a four-team tournament will be played to determine the seventh and eighth seed in each conference. The seventh seed will play the eighth seed for the No. 7 spot and the loser of that game will play for the No. 8 seed against the winner of the game between the No. 9 and No. 10 seed.

One thing that is up in the air is where the Toronto Raptors will play. The Raptors want to play their games at home in Toronto at Scotiabank Arena, but there is a major problem. The current situation has visitors entering Canada facing a 14-day quarantine after arrival. This problem was worked around in Major League Baseball, as the Toronto Blue Jays moved their home games to Buffalo. The city of Buffalo would like to see the Raptors play their home games in Buffalo this season, but two other cities have expressed an interest. Newark and Kansas City are pushing for the Raptors to play their home games in their cities. There is still a chance the Raptors can play at home if rapid COVID-19 testing is available and reliable.

NBA Eastern Conference Teams

TEAM LOCATION ARENA
Atlanta Hawks Atlanta, Georgia State Farm Arena
Boston Celtics Boston, Massachusetts TD Garden
Brooklyn Nets New York City, New York Barclays Center
Charlotte Hornets Charlotte, North Carolina Spectrum Center
Chicago Bulls Chicago, Illinois United Center
Cleveland Cavaliers Cleveland, Ohio Quicken Loans Arena
Detroit Pistons Detroit, Michigan Little Caesars Arena
Indiana Pacers Indianapolis, Indiana Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Miami Heat Miami, Florida American Airlines Arena
Milwaukee Bucks Milwaukee, Wisconsin Fiserv Forum
New York Knicks New York City, New York Madison Square Garden
Orlando Magic Orlando, Florida Amway Center
Philadelphia 76ers Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Wells Fargo Center
Toronto Raptors Toronto, Ontario Scotiabank Arena
Washington Wizards Washington, D.C. Capital One Arena

NBA Western Conference Teams

TEAM LOCATION ARENA
Dallas Mavericks Dallas, Texas American Airlines Center
Denver Nuggets Denver, Colorado Pepsi Center
Golden State Warriors Oakland, California Oracle Arena
Houston Rockets Houston, Texas Toyota Center
Los Angeles Clippers Los Angeles, California Staples Center
Los Angeles Lakers Los Angeles, California Staples Center
Memphis Grizzlies Memphis, Tennessee FedExForum
Minnesota Timberwolves Minneapolis, Minnesota Target Center
New Orleans Pelicans New Orleans, Louisiana Smoothie King Center
Oklahoma City Thunder Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Chesapeake Energy Arena
Phoenix Suns Phoenix, Arizona Talking Stick Resort Arena
Portland Trail Blazers Portland, Oregon Moda Center
Sacramento Kings Sacramento, California Golden 1 Center
San Antonio Spurs San Antonio, Texas AT&T Center
Utah Jazz Salt Lake City, Utah Vivint Smart Home Arena
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