After stopping play on Wednesday March 13, 2020 due to the global coronavirus pandemic, the 2019-20 NBA regular season is expected to resume on Friday July 31 from Orlando, Florida.
Instead of 30 teams, the league is only inviting 22 teams to Florida with 13 from the Western Conference and 9 from the Eastern Conference. All teams will play eight games to finish the regular season before a 16-team postseason begins soon after. It's expected that 88 regular season games will be played before the playoffs and the last possible day for the NBA Finals would take place on Monday, October 12, 2020.
Odds to win 2020 NBA Finals
NBA Finals Future Odds Analysis
Beyond seeing how effectively teams handle getting back into the swing of things following a layoff of over four-and-a-half months, it remains to be seen how the lack of a homecourt advantage affects teams going forward. One of the reasons the Milwaukee Bucks were such a threat to win their first NBA title since the 1971 was that they had established a tremendous edge at the two-year-old Fiserv Forum, where they’re 61-11 in regular-season play. That 28-3 record the Bucks compiled in Milwaukee serves to pad the league’s best record, but won’t serve them anymore going forward.
|NBA Futures Odds Betting Market|
|NBA Futures Odds Betting Market|
Betting on the NBA is widely popular in the United States and the NBA Futures Odds market continues to cater to both novice and professional bettors. The NBA championship is decided very June with a best-of-seven matchup known as the NBA Finals.
This Future Odds market is open year-round and the oddsmakers will adjust their numbers when trades, injuries, free agent signings, or other changes affect the NBA championship odds. The opening odds come out at the end of the current season or just after it ends, with NBA Future Odds posted on all 30 teams in the league.
Betting on NBA Futures may not always provide big payouts due to the nature of the league, where dynasties are often created by player movement in free agency. However, betting on the right team early can provide better results, as seen in 2019 when the Toronto Raptors won with +1850 odds to win the NBA championship in August 2018. Compare that to the +750 odds the Raptors had in December 2018 and you can see how the NBA Futures odds could offer less value as the season progresses and the player talent is on display.
The NBA Finals futures betting market takes in the most volume of wagers and money at sportsbooks but there are other wagering opportunities in the NBA Futures market.
Bettors can wager on:
Atlantic, Central, Southeast
Southwest, Northwest, Pacific
The sportsbooks also offer up NBA Futures Odds on specific player awards, usually just for the Most Valuable Player and the Rookie of the Year. These wagers are a little tricky since those bets and their results are based off subjectivity. Both awards are determined by votes from sports writers and we all know that everybody has an opinion.
There are several good bets to win the NBA Playoffs in 2020. The current odds to win the NBA Championship today are:
Sportsbooks are still accepting bets on who will win the NBA Finals in 2020, despite the season currently being suspended indefinitely. If the season resumes, this could perhaps offer some value for teams with higher odds, as the shortened season and disruption in team chemistry could create a more even playing field than we've seen in previous NBA Playoffs.
In the offseason, opening odds are posted on all 30 teams to win the NBA Finals and those numbers are adjusted as the regular season begins based on the opinion of bettors. The key to cashing a big ticket and locking in a return on the NBA Finals Odds is not easy but with the right homework, you can forecast ahead and take a shot with a team that may have started slower than others.
Injuries, suspensions, trades are also key factors in the NBA Finals Odds and that’s just in the regular season. When the playoffs begin and the matchups are set, you’ll see sportsbooks tweak their Future Odds because one team may have an easier path on paper than others.
After the NBA Playoff field of 16 is dwindled down to two teams in the NBA Finals, oddsmakers will use American Odds on the matchup. The American Odds is often thought of as a Money-Line or in this example below, it would be called the NBA Finals Odds Series Price:
Los Angeles Lakers -250 (Bet $100 to win $40)
Milwaukee Bucks +200 (Bet $100 to win 100)
Los Angeles Lakers 2/5
Milwaukee Bucks 2/1
Los Angeles Lakers 1.4
Milwaukee Bucks 3.0
Every sportsbook offers NBA Future Odds on the NBA Finals and depending on when you place your wager will determine your possible payout. All you have to do is bet on the team that you believe will win the NBA Finals and lock your money in until the result is official. You’ll receive the fixed odds at the time the wager is placed and collect if you win. Visit our list of legal online sportsbooks in the United States for more information on where you can place NBA bets.
To figure out your Win Amount, take the odds and multiply by the amount wagered.
In the above NBA Futures Odds example, the Lakers are listed as a 3/1 betting choice to win the NBA Finals. If you wager $100 on Los Angeles to win the NBA Finals and it captures the championship, then you would win $300 (3 ÷ 1 x 100). You would collect $400, which includes your win and stake ($100).American Odds would be +300 while the Decimal view would be 4.00.