NBA Betting Power Rankings & NBA 2020 Title Odds
Just because a team doesn’t have the best odds doesn’t make them the best team in the league. And that’s where fans of NBA betting can find value and jump on enticing NBA title odds. Here’s how Mark Strotman sees the teams stacking up:
|Team||NBA Title Odds||Power Ranking|
|Portland Trail Blazers||+6600||14|
|San Antonio Spurs||+10000||15|
|New Orleans Pelicans||+15000||16|
|Golden State Warriors||+20000||20|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||+20000||22|
|New York Knicks||+80000||30|
NBA Betting Tips of the Week
Raptors Doing Fine Without Kawhi Leonard
The Raptors' championship window was supposed to have slammed shut when Kawhi Leonard joined the L.A. Clippers. But here we are, a quarter of the way into the season, and the Raptors look like the best team in the East … again. They're 15-4, second in the NBA in NET rating, and have gone 13-6 ATS, including a remarkable 8-1 ATS at home.
Pascal Siakam won't win MVP, but the reigning Most Improved Player is putting together an even more impressive fourth season for Toronto. The Raptors are only getting healthier, too, with Serge Ibaka and Kyle Lowry nearing returns from injury.
Despite all this, they're still a whopping +900 to win the East and +300 to win the Atlantic Division over Philadelphia and Boston. They aren't the favorites in either, but these feel like outstanding odds to jump on. They're for real in the post-Kawhi era.
Dallas Mavericks NBA Title Odds Shorten
Another week, another update on the hottest team in the NBA.
Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks are 13-6 and have the NBA's third best NET rating (and the best one in the East). They thumped LeBron James and the Lakers in L.A. on Sunday, and they have the NBA's most efficient offense by a full two points over the Houston Rockets. Their defense has crept all the way up to league average, making them a true contender in the West.
Luka Doncic in November:— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 30, 2019
32.4 PTS, 10.3 REB, 10.4 AST
The third player in NBA history to average a 30-point triple-double in a single month 😤 pic.twitter.com/mli5Hakxfy
Oddsmakers are beginning to believe, too. They were the lone team this week to see their NBA title odds shorten, going from +6000 to +5000. It's hard to imagine those odds lengthening anytime soon, so now's the time to jump on Dallas if you believe in Doncic -- and why wouldn't you?
Dallas is 11-8 ATS (seventh best in the NBA) and is 13-6 hitting the over, the highest mark in the league. That offense is doing serious damage, and you can take advantage of it in the short-term, too.
Zion Williamson in Rookie of the Year Driver's Seat?
The recent news that Ja Morant will be evaluated week-to-week with back spasms could open the Rookie of the Year race. Morant has been excellent for the Grizzlies, averaging 18.6 points and 6.4 assists to make him the favorite for the award. But he's going to miss time and the Grizzlies will be extra-cautious with the face of their franchise.
That could open the door for Zion Williamson, who should make his NBA debut sometime later this month for the Pelicans. Williamson is +200 to win Rookie of the Year despite having not played a single game – a slight underdog to Morant at +180 – but this is excellent value considering no one ran away with the award while Williamson was out.
Zion is the real deal, and he's going to be a media darling as soon as he steps on the floor (remember, the media votes on the award). Morant's injury means Williamson's odds won't get much better, so now's the time to jump on them if you believe the hype. And you absolutely should.