With the playoffs in full swing now, it certainly is an exciting time to be an NBA fan with the unpredictability always being a factor when it comes to the play offs. Although there does seem to be some stand out favourites for the competition and we delve deeper into this and weight up their chances.
Big favourites for the title now are the other team in Los Angeles, the Clippers. Although they have been outshone all season by the noisy neighbours the Lakers, the Clippers are serious team not to be doubted one bit. The Clippers may not have that household name like the Lakers with Lebron, but they are a very well-oiled machine that have outputted consistently in the top three for offensive and defence across the whole season – defensive especially. They have the best trio of perimeter defenders in the NBA this season in Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and Patrick Beverly – all three players rank inside the top 30 players this season in defensive rating. They are 5/2 to get a ring at the end of the season.
Next up is the Milwaukee Bucks who are the leading team in the Eastern Conference; sitting pretty alongside both Los Angeles’ teams with one of the best chances to win the championship. Ensuring that they have their whole roster fit and with having one of the best players in the league, Giannis Antetokounmpo, who might inspire them to go on and win the title. Due to the form that they’ve been in, they are virtually guaranteed a place in the final due to the easier pathway there. They are out at 3/1 to win the NBA Championship.
Giannis' final 2019-20 per 36 stats:
• 34.9 PTS (3rd in NBA history)
• 16.1 REB
• 6.6 AST
• 59% eFG
• 61% TS
• 31.9 PER (1st in NBA history)
1st player ever to average 30/15/5 per 36 mins.
Oh and he's also the leading candidate for DPOY.
One of the best seasons ever. pic.twitter.com/EUehWyXsDC
— Nathan Marzion (@nathanmarzion) August 13, 2020
And last but certainly not least, is the Los Angeles Lakers – now although they are priced at 3rd favourite, we certainly think that this is worth a punt on. We have seen Lebron take stronger teams on before and personally dismantle them by himself but with the added help of Anthony Davis, this certainly is a great duo. And the Lakers won’t want the Clippers taking over the city of LA and will be willing to fight tooth and nail to defend this. They are currently out at 4/1 to win the whole league.
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