The NBA is coming back to finish the 2019-2020 season. The plan is to resume games on July 31 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex outside of Orlando, Florida. 22 teams will kick-start the end of the regular season before a full 16-team postseason with the Finals stretching into October.
Updated 2020 NBA Championship Odds
Los Angeles Lakers +200
When we last saw LeBron and company, the Lakers (49-14) had the best record in the west and second-best record overall. L.A. won eight of 10 before the suspension. More importantly, the Lakers have been equally good at home (23-8) as on the road (26-6).
Milwaukee Bucks +275
Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks have the best record in the league at 53-12 while ranking first in scoring (118.6 ppg) and fifth in points allowed (107.4 ppg). The Bucks rank first in team field goal percentage (47.7%) and second in defensive field goal percentage (41.3%).
Los Angeles Clippers +300
Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, and the rest of the loaded Clippers have the fourth-best record in the league (44-20), but it should be known that they’ve struggled away from home in going just 19-13 on the road. The question begs to be asked. Can the Clippers win away from their comfy confines of the Staples Center?
Boston Celtics +1200
The young and blossoming C’s have the fifth-best record in the league (43-21). They’ve recorded at least 20 wins at home and on the road, making them one of the more dangerous teams entering the re-start because of their ability to play at a high level away from T.D. Garden.
Toronto Raptors +1400
The Raptors (46-18) won four straight before the suspension, and the defending champs have the look of a dangerous underdog team that won’t beat themselves in the playoffs, especially following last season’s experience-building run to the title.
Houston Rockets +1500
Tied for the ninth-best record in the league (40-24) James Harden and the Rockets have been a mixed mess of explosive offense and non-existent defense as they rank a stellar second in scoring (118.1 ppg), but just 22nd in points allowed (114.4 ppg).
Denver Nuggets +2400
The Northwest-leading Nuggets (43-22) have an elite defense that ranks eighth in points allowed (107.4 ppg), but an offense that has put up a modest 110.4 points per contest to rank 20th in scoring. With all of their games now being played away from home, it’s important to not that Denver is just 18-14 on the road this season.
Philadelphia 76ers +2400
The Sixers have the 12th best record in the league and they’ve been the best home team in the league by far in going 29-2 in South Philly. However, with an uninspiring 10-24 road record, it remains to be seen hos Philadelphia will fare from here on out with every game being a literal neutral site affair.
Miami Heat +3300
Miami (41-24) has overachieved all season long, but they’ve gone just 14-19 on the road and they have a serious drop-off in talent once you get past Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo.
Dallas Mavericks +4000
The Mavs have the 13th best record in the league and a true superstar in forward Luka Doncic. The Mavs can score the ball with anyone in ranking sixth in scoring (116.4 ppg), but their 15th-ranked defense leaves a lot to be desired (110.3 ppg).
Utah Jazz +4000
The Jazz have the seventh-best record in the league (41-23) and they’re one of just seven teams that has won at least 20 games on the road. Utah has a top 10 defense, but they rank a modest 17th in scoring and just don’t have enough weapons at that end of the court outside of Donovan’ Spyda’ Mitchell (24.2 ppg).
Brooklyn Nets +5000
The Nets somehow have the 15th-best record in the league despite sitting at 30-34 entering the re-start. Still, this is a team that has gone an uninspiring 12-20 at home and has leadership problems, thanks to the quirky Kyrie Irving, who just isn’t very well-liked by his teammates.
Indiana Pacers +8000
With the 11th-best record in the league (39-26), the Pacers look dangerous seeing as how they’ve gone 21-11 at home and 18-15 on the road. The good news for Indy is that, the time off due to the pandemic pause could see Victor Oladipo return closer to the all-star level he was playing at before suffering a horrific leg injury over a year ago.
New Orleans Pelicans +9000
The Pelicans have the 18th-best record in the league (28-36) but they will enter the re-start as one of the most dangerous teams around seeing as how the young Pels picked up their play in a big way after getting superstar rookie Zion Williamson on the court after a lengthy absence to start the season.
Oklahoma City Thunder +9000
The Thunder have the ninth-best record in the league (40-24) thanks to their ability to win at home (20-13) and on the road (20-11). With a bunch of proven veterans (Chris Paul) and young stars like Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Oklahoma City looks quite dangerous to me.
Portland Trailblazers +15000
The Blazers have a losing record (29-37), but this is also a veteran-laden team with one true superstar in Damian Lillard, and another all-star caliber performer in C.J. McCollum.
Unfortunately, Portland is just 11-23 on the road and that just doesn’t bode well heading into the post pandemic return.
Memphis Grizzlies +17500
Memphis has the 14th-best record in the league (32-33), but they young Grizz have recorded a winning record at home (18-15) and a decent 14-18 mark on the road. More importantly, Memphis has a legitimate star in point guard Ja Morant (17.6 ppg, 6.9 apg) that has absolutely no fear of anyone!
Orlando Magic +17500
Orlando has the 16th-best record in the league (30-35), but they’ve gone just 14-20 on the road and a modest 16-15 at home. The Magic also don’t have a true superstar to turn to in the clutch.
San Antonio Spurs +17500
The Spurs have the 20th-best record in the league (27-36), but they’re an uninspiring 11-22 on the road and has just one player (DeMar DeRozan) averaging over 20 points per game.
Phoenix Suns +20000
The Suns (26-39) have one of the game’s best scorers in shooting guard Devin Booker (26.1 ppg), but the young Suns have also recorded losing records at home (13-22) and on the road (13-17).
Sacramento Kings +25000
The Kings have some nice young talent, but they also have just the 19th-best record in the league (28-36) by going 14-17 at home and 14-19 on the road.
Washington Wizards +30000
The Wizards have the 22nd-best record in the league (24-40) and they shouldn’t even be sniffing a playoff berth, seeing as how they’ve gone an awful 8-24 on the road this season.