7 NBA Prop Bets for 2020 You Should Already Be Jumping On
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NBA supremacy is up for grabs after seven different All-Stars changed teams in the offseason. A generational talent is entering the league, a handful of impact players are returning from season-ending injuries, and we could see as many as five new playoff teams in 2020.
It’s anyone’s guess as to how the season will play out after an unparalleled offseason, but we’re here to give you our seven favorite NBA prop bets heading into the 2020 NBA season.
Anthony Davis to Win MVP
The Bet: +950 with FanDuel
LeBron James has gone on-record about "playing through" Anthony Davis this season. James is entering his 17th NBA season, while Davis, 26, is entering the prime of his career. It’s only a matter of time before Davis wins an MVP, so why not in a contract year playing in the league’s second-largest market alongside one of the greatest of all-time?
Paul George and Kawhi Leonard could take MVP votes away from each other with the Clippers, while it’s anyone’s guess how James Harden and Russell Westbrook will co-exist. If James is serious about letting Davis run the show, he’s a stellar MVP pick at those odds.
Mavericks Over 40.5 Wins
The Bet: +110 with SugarHouse
The Mavericks weren’t big offseason winners, but they quietly re-signed a handful of role players and will add a healthy Kristaps Porzingis to a 33-win team from a year ago. Remember, the Mavericks were 26-29 in early February before trading for Porzingis in a move that helped them out long-term but hurt them short-term.
Now they’ll reap the rewards of that trade. Luka Doncic looks like the next big thing in the NBA, Porzingis is an established All-Star, and the supporting cast will do just enough to push this team to a winning record. Having a top-five head coach in Rick Carlisle doesn’t hurt, either.
Kings to Make Playoffs
The Bet: +325 with PointsBet
The Sacramento Kings are about to blossom. They were in the postseason hunt well into February, sitting as the West’s No. 8 seed as late as Feb. 12. They finished the season 9-17, bowing out of playoff contention as the calendar flipped to March. But this young core feels ready to shine.
De’Aaron Fox, Marvin Bagley, Buddy Hield, Bogdan Bogdanovic and Harrison Barnes could do real damage. They added veterans Dewayne Dedmon, Cory Joseph and Trevor Ariza, and first-year head coach Luke Walton knows how to blend young and old talents. It feels like the Kings’ mix of talents is about to make the jump to the postseason.
Magic Over 40.5 Wins
The Bet: +110 with 888sport
The Magic made a 17-win jump last season, finishing 42-40 and earning their first postseason berth since 2012. They should be here to stay, as they re-signed All-Star Nikola Vucevic to a four-year, $100 million deal over the summer.
Core pieces in Aaron Gordon and Jonathan Isaac are only getting better, while veterans Evan Fournier, Terrence Ross and D.J. Augustin will provide enough outside shooting for Steve Clifford’s frontcourt-happy group. The East is better, but Orlando prided itself on defense last season (8th in defensive efficiency) and that should be sustainable. The Magic are in line for a second straight winning season.
Blazers to win Northwest Division
The Bet: +275 with DraftKings
No team is more overlooked annually by oddsmakers than the Blazers. They’ve gone over their season-long over-under win total five of the last six seasons (so bet the over on 47.5 wins) and bring back the core of a team that won 53 games and finished a game behind the Nuggets in the Northwest.
They also added Hassan Whiteside and Kent Bazemore that should help a defense that ranked 16th a year ago. We know they’ll score with Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum, and Jusuf Nurkic will come back at some point. They’re every bit as good as Denver (+140) and Utah (+140), giving them excellent value here.
Warriors to Make the Playoffs
The Bet: -335 with 888sport
Here’s an excellent value pick. The Clippers, Lakers and Rockets are all -770 or better to make the postseason. And while the Klay Thompson-less Warriors may not be in the same category as those three contenders, this is a surefire playoff team with Steph Curry, Draymond Green and D'Angelo Russell.
There’s no reason their postseason odds shouldn’t be anywhere close to the aforementioned three teams. The Warriors are a shoo-in to make the postseason even in Year 1 of their post-dynasty run. This may not yield a massive payout to bettors, but it’s an incredibly safe bet with low enough odds to make it valuable.
Wizards Under 27.5 Wins (-122 on 888Sport)
The Bet: -122 with SugarHouse
The Wizards might eventually build around Bradley Beal by giving their star shooting guard a max contract extension, but the short-term future looks bleak. They’ve entered a rebuild based on their moves the last 12 months, and with John Wall (Achilles tear) set to miss the entire season, there’s no rush to win games.
It’s going to get worse before it gets better for a Wizards franchise that won just 32 games last season. The East is better, Washington’s roster is worse, and it could be playing for ping-pong balls in late March and early April, meaning fewer chances for wins. The Wizards and Hornets will battle for the East’s No. 15 seed.