Odds to Win 2020 NBA Finals Favor the Clippers After Acquiring Paul George and Kawhi Leonard

By Leo Abbe-Schneider
2019 NBA Finals - Game Six
2019 NBA Finals - Game Six / Ezra Shaw/Getty Images
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In case you haven't heard by now, the Los Angeles Clippers were able to sign Kawhi Leonard, and trade for Paul George, all while most Americans were asleep.

Turns out that when a team acquires both the reigning NBA Finals MVP and the player who finished No. 3 in MVP voting, that team's odds to win the championship go up. Way up.

The Clippers were +2000 to win next year's NBA title immediately following the NBA Finals, and have seen their odds improve to +290 according to Fanduel Sportsbook.

Not only did the Clippers' odds massively improve, Kawhi's decision had other ripple effects throughout the league. The Los Angeles Lakers, also rumored to be pursuing Kawhi, were +280 as recently as last week, but their odds decreased to +440 following this news.

The Toronto Raptors' odds to win took the biggest hit after it was announced that Kawhi would not be returning to help them defend their title. Toronto was +700 a week ago. However, their odds have now dropped all the way down to +3200 without the reigning NBA Finals MVP.

Additionally, the Oklahoma City Thunder's odds to win next year went for +2600 a week ago to +6500 after losing George. The Milwaukee Bucks look poised to contend once again, and they're currently available at +600.

While the Clippers are currently favored to win the 2019-20 NBA Finals, they will likely face some stiff competition from other NBA powers, like the Lakers and Bucks.


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Leo Abbe-Schneider is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Leo Abbe-Schneider also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username leoabbe2. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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