The LA Clippers, possibly the first time in franchise history, are the favorite to win the NBA title.
With the takeover of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, Caesar's Sportsbook on Saturday morning changed the Clippers from 10-1 to win the 2019-20 NBA title, just ahead of rival Los Angeles Lakers.
The Lakers, who participated in the Leonard draw, had been the most popular title in 2020 alongside LeBron James since taking over Anthony Davis. After Leonard was knocked off the table, the Lakers fell at the Caesars Sportsbook from 7: 5 to 4: 1.
The Golden State Warriors are 10-1, followed by Utah Jazz at 14-1. The Houston Rockets are 15-1 and the Brooklyn Nets are 20-1.
Defending champion Toronto Raptors lost to Leonard, falling from 10-1 to 50-1. After the Oklahoma City lost Thunder George, their chances of winning dropped to 100-1.
The odds of winning varied from book to book. Bookmaker William Hill USA left the Lakers 3-1 and the Clippers 7-2. The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook had the Clippers as a 3-1 favorite and extended the Lakers' odds to 6-1, behind the Bucks to 4-1.
In the last few weeks, big bets have been made at the Lakers in sports betting Las Vegas. The SuperBook announced its $ 10,000 stake in the Lakers to win the title 5-1 on 15 June. William Hill US announced that it would 5: 1 fill the Lakers with $ 9,500 on June 15, 17 and bet 10,000 on the Lakers on June 28. As of Wednesday afternoon, 47% of the money that had been placed on William Hill's chances of winning the NBA Championship in 2020 went to the Lakers. At Caesars, nearly five times as much money was spent on the Lakers as on another team.
Currently, however, the Clippers are the favorites in most sports betting. According to the sportsbook archive Sportsoddshistory.com, it was the first time they had been the title favorites since the 1984 franchise moved to Los Angeles.
When news about the Clippers' moves took place, sports betting across Las Vegas was added to the board's 2020 title chances and posted them later on Saturday morning. The New Jersey sportsbook DraftKings, FanDuel and PointsBet each had the Clippers as favorites after the deal.
In recent years, a spate of bets, including some big bets, has surfaced at the Las Vegas sportsbook before James joined the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2014 and Kevin Durant's decision to join the Warriors in 2016. This was not the case with the Clippers last week.
Westgate Vice President of Risk Management, Jeff Sherman, was surprised at the lack of interest in the Clippers and said he only made one bet last week.
Neither at Caesars nor at Westgate significant title bets on the Clippers were completed on Friday, said representatives of sports betting ESPN. Seven teams had more bets than the Clippers before the news at William Hill USA attracted, including the New Orleans Pelicans.