The 2019-20 NBA season has been full of surprises. Whether it's the Golden State Warriors having the worst record in the NBA at 2-10, or the other end of the spectrum with the Boston Celtics owning the league's best record (9-1), the odds to win the NBA title still favor the Los Angeles Clippers.
The Clippers came into the season with the best odds to win the NBA championship and, despite their 7-5 record through the first 12 games, they're still the favorite, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, at +350.
Following one LA team is another, the Los Angeles Lakers with +440 odds. Then comes two Eastern Conference teams in the Milwaukee Bucks, at +550, and the Philadelphia 76ers, at +600. The Houston Rockets (+800), Utah Jazz (+1300) and Denver Nuggets (+1600) all have better odds to win the Larry O'Brien Trophy than the league-best Celtics.
Boston and its nine wins in a row have the eighth-best odds to win the NBA title at +2500, a number that hasn't changed despite losing Gordon Hayward to a hand fracture.
The NBA season is still young and there will surely be movement in the odds as the real contenders start to show their true colors in the coming weeks. However, the favorites have remained the same so far in 2019.
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