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Pelicans Take Biggest Leap in Odds to Win 2020 NBA Finals After Picking Zion Williamson in NBA Draft

David Hayes
2019 NBA Draft
2019 NBA Draft / Sarah Stier
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The New Orleans Pelicans have been through one hell of a week after trading away Anthony Davis and drafting Duke's Zion Williamson with the No.1 overall pick in Thursday night's 2019 NBA Draft.

The oddsmakers from FanDuel Sportsbook have taken notice, as the Pelicans are soaring in the latest odds to win the 2020 NBA Finals next year.

Rewind back just six days ago, the Pelicans were tied for the league's second-worst odds of winning the 2020 NBA title at +18000, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, with superstar Anthony Davis still on the roster.

Fast forward to Friday morning after the NBA Draft, and the Pelicans are now eying +5500 odds to win the NBA Championship next year. Surprisingly, New Orleans' odds also significantly improved from +18000 to +10000 immediately following Saturday night's blockbuster trade that sent Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Pelicans' odds of winning it all next season are now tied with the San Antonio Spurs (+5500) and New York Knicks (+5500). While New Orleans will likely have some growing pains with this new-look roster, plus three first-round draft picks, the odds have certainly been moving in the Pelicans' favor lately.


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