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Lakers, Clippers favorites to win 2021 title

by Sam Panayotovich
Updated On: October 13, 2020, 1:35 pm ET

Less than 12 hours after LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the Los Angeles Lakers hoisted the Larry O’Brien Trophy, oddsmakers were champing at the bit to post future odds for next season.

In the least surprising news ever, the Lakers are the odds-on favorite to win the 2021 title. PointsBet Sportsbook is dealing the newly minted champs at +375. So a $100 bet on a back-to-back run would pay $375 and you would collect $475.

The Clippers are on the two line at +425, then the Bucks at +650 followed by the Warriors +750.

It’s clear that sportsbooks still respect the hell out of Golden State. They were just decimated by injuries last year and Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson will be ready to rock and roll. The Warriors also have the number two overall pick in next month’s NBA Draft.

“Golden State got bit pretty bad last year by the injury bug,” PointsBet senior sports analyst Andrew Mannino told NBC Sports. “We expect them to return to form next year. The L.A. teams are still the prohibitive favorites until somebody proves otherwise. The West is going to be a blood bath this year.”

So… Lakers, Clippers, Bucks, Warriors. Who’s fifth?

The Brooklyn Nets at +1000 with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.

“Brooklyn has been looking forward to this upcoming season for a long time,” the Brooklyn native Mannino said while trying to contain his excitement. “I think this is the year things are finally set up to go their way. We expect them to be a Eastern power this year.”

Mannino explained that most basketball future bettors like to place their money on teams with multiple stars. After all, that’s the recipe for a championship these days. NBA teams need more than one dude.

“That adds to the fun of it. When you have a future bet, it’s fun to watch games all season long when your team has Durant and Kyrie. It makes it easier to watch all the games.”

After the top five teams on the sheet, PointsBet has the Celtics (+1200), Heat (+1300), Raptors (+1700), Nuggets (+2000), Rockets (+2200) and Mavericks (+2500). Other notables are the 76ers (+3000), Blazers (+3500), Pelicans (+5000), Suns (+6600) and Bulls (+10000).

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Sam Panayotovich

Sam Panayotovich is a sports betting analyst from the South Side of Chicago. He'll probably pick against your favorite team a lot. Follow him @spshoot