Lakers' Odds to Win 2020 NBA Championship Skyrocket After Anthony Davis Trade

David Hayes
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With the Golden State Warriors' dynasty looking more like every other Western Conference contender, following Kevin Durant's ruptured Achilles and Klay Thompson's torn ACL in the 2019 NBA Finals, the NBA championship door appears to be open wider than it has for some time.

And after the Los Angeles Lakers traded for Anthony Davis, pairing him with LeBron James, we've got a new favorite to win the 2020 NBA Finals. Those same Lakers, soaring from +800 to +390 odds to win it all next year, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

Just last Friday, the morning after the Toronto Raptors defeated the Golden State Warriors in the 2019 NBA Finals, the Milwaukee Bucks opened as the favorites, at +480, to take home next year's Larry O’Brien trophy.

The Bucks have since dropped to +550, tied with the Raptors, but they're certainly not the only ones falling down a similar path in the wake of this trade. The Warriors went from a +600 shot to +1100 as of Sunday afternoon, while the Denver Nuggets and Portland Trail Blazers both dropped off as well, to +1900 and +3500, respectively.

Interestingly enough, the Houston Rockets' odds of winning next year (+850) remained the same as they were prior to the Davis deal. However, the Los Angeles Clippers, who are fully expected to try to land at least one of the bigger names in free agency this offseason, actually improved from +1600 to +1200 between last Friday and today.

As for the team Davis left behind in New Orleans, the Pelicans surprisingly improved from +18000 to +10000 odds of winning the 2020 NBA Finals. Already owning the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, before acquiring the No. 4 overall selection, Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart from the Lakers, New Orleans looks to have a bright, young core heading into next season.

What a difference less than a week makes during the NBA offseason, especially when it comes to the odds to win next year's NBA Finals.


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