The NBA landscape has certainly changed with recent signings, trades, and the NBA draft. Although the Toronto Raptors are still celebrating taking home the Larry O’Brien trophy, they are seeing first hand how winning a championship isn’t enough to keep franchise players in their city.
The future of the NBA seems to have shifted into dynamic duos rather than superteams. With the recent signings of Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard and other notable stars, the NBA title is no guarantee for any team next season.
Online bookmaker SportsBetting has the Clippers at +300 to win the NBA Championship.
The LA Clippers arguably made the biggest splash of the off-season, signing free agent Kawhi Leonard from the Toronto Raptors. The Clippers improved their odds at winning the NBA title by acquiring Paul George from the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Clippers are listed at +300 to win the NBA title.
The Staples Center will be filled with loads of talent this season. Alongside LeBron James you have an all-star in Anthony Davis. Many believed the Lakers would land Leonard to create a superteam of superteams, but that obviously fell through. The Lakers are listed at +400.
As for the defending NBA Champions, the odds are not in their favor to repeat in the upcoming season. Granted, the odds were not in favor of Toronto to win the NBA title either, but this season will certainly be different. Toronto is listed at +2000, which matches the odds of the Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets.
Other notable teams to compete for the NBA title this season will be the Milwaukee Bucks (+500), Philadelphia 76ers (+800), Denver Nuggets (+1400), Golden State Warriors (+1400) and Houston Rockets (+1400).
For the first time in what seems forever, the NBA title is no guarantee making this season definitely one to watch.