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Odds to Win NBA Finals Still Favor Bucks Over Clippers Following NBA Trade Deadline

Jason Schandl
Odds to win the NBA Finals still favor Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks after the trade deadline.
Odds to win the NBA Finals still favor Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks after the trade deadline. / Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images
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The 2020 NBA Trade Deadline has come and gone, and while it did include some high-profile deals, it didn't do much to change the betting landscape.

The Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers were in a three-way tie for the best odds to win the NBA finals in mid-January, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, and the Bucks have recently crept into a slight lead.

FanDuel Sportsbook still has the Clippers and Lakers tied for the second-best odds in the NBA (and the best odds in the Western Conference) at +300, but the Bucks (+290) stand alone as the overall favorites.

After those three teams, there's a massive cliff in the odds, with the Boston Celtics (+1400), now Clint Capela-less Houston Rockets (+1700), the Philadelphia 76ers (+1700) and the Utah Jazz (+1800) sitting as the only other teams with odds better than even +2000.

A big part of the Bucks' edge comes from their path to reach the NBA Finals — which is significantly softer in the East. Milwaukee is -130 to win their conference, while the Clippers and Lakers are each just +190 to make it out of the West.


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. 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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