2020 NBA Finals predictions: Who the public is betting on to win the title

The NBA is scheduled to resume play in late July after the Covid-19 pandemic caused a four-month hiatus, and teams are gearing up to travel to Orlando for the conclusion of the 2019-20 season. Bettors haven’t been shy about putting money on teams to win it all to end the drought, and we break down the DraftKings Sportsbook betting splits for some of the more popular options below.

It’s not surprising that the Los Angeles Lakers lead all teams with 27 percent of the handle on championship bets since June 3. They also command 30 percent of the total bets since early last month, which is higher than the next highest mark by a significant margin. The Lakers have lost a key defender in Avery Bradley since June, but have yet to fully utilize Markieff Morris, Dion Waiters, and the recently-acquired J.R. Smith. The Lakers are the favorites to win it all at +240, and the betting splits reflect that.

The Philadelphia 76ers have the second highest handle on title bets since June 3 at 18 percent. They also have the second highest percentage of total bets at 13. People are banking on Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid to come back better than ever with clean bills of health. Although they’ve been underwhelming during the regular season and rank sixth in the Eastern Conference, they’re one of the more talented defensive teams in the league and could get a big boost by getting more of a contribution from Al Horford. Simmons has hinted at being willing to shoot the long ball down the stretch, and people might actually believe him this time around. Unlocking adequate floor spacing could be the key to raising Philadelphia’s ceiling.

The Los Angeles Clippers round out the top three on this list with 13 percent of the handle and 9 percent of the total bets. The acquired a Morris twin (Marcus) as well ahead of March, and he’ll join a group that includes Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, Lou Williams, and Montrezl Harrell. The Clippers have the second best odds to come out of the Western Conference at +180 and has the third best title odds (+333) overall.

Although the Milwaukee Bucks are favored to come out of the Eastern Conference at -165, they rank sixth with 8 percent of the handle and 8 percent of the total bets. The Boston Celtics who have +700 odds to make it out of their conference account for 10 percent of the handle on title bets and also make up 8 percent of total bets. The Denver Nuggets are even with the Celtics in handle at total bets percentage.

The Lakers appear to be the overwhelming favorite while MVP frontrunner Giannis Antetokounmpo is being doubted by the public. How the lack of home court advantage in Orlando will affect the outcome of playoff series remains to be seen, but many are banking on James winning his fourth ring to close out the postseason.

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