Although we are still months away from the NBA Championship, teams have already exhibited great performances that put them on the most favored team to win the Championship this year. Here is the latest list of the five teams favored to win the Championship this year based on the games they already played since the regular season started.
Los Angeles Lakers (+270)
The Lakers are never backing down as the reigning Champions, dominating the favorites list for this year’s Championship round. They have the most wins and fewer losses in the Western Conference this season, winning 11 games and losing three games so far.
The latest game between the Lakers and the Pelicans put the Lakers fans at the edge of their seats as their favorite team lagging behind the Pelicans. However, the tables were turned during the second quarter. The team decreased its deficit until the opponent is only leading by one point.
The Lakers started to take the lead in the third quarter when Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 16points from four three-pointers. The team’s momentum continued until the end of the game with a 112-95 win over the Pelicans.
Brooklyn Nets (+320)
The Nets welcome the new year with a poor performance in their game against the Hawks. The game ended on a 114-96 in favor of the Hawks. However, the team acquired the league’s 2018 MVP, James Harden, from The Houston Rockets and changed their fate.
Harden gave a remarkable debut during their game against Orlando Magic last January 18. He finished the game with 12 rebounds, 14 assists, four steals and went for a great 32 points. It was a pretty good debut for Harden, and the Nets couldn’t wish for a better premiere for their newly acquired player.
With Harden in the team, NBA enthusiasts are positive that the team will improve throughout the season. The team’s 122-115 win over the Magic will only be the beginning of more great performances and victory. They have immediately gone up to the second favored team to win the title this year following the trade.
Los Angeles Clippers (+600)
The second seed on the Western Conference lands at the number three spot on the most favored team to win the NBA Championship this season. The team dominated the four latest games they played this season.
During their match against the Indiana Clippers, the game favored the Clippers in a 129-96 final score. The Pacers started the season strong with an 8-4 record, while the second best team on the western conference has a 9-4 record, including the three straight wins from last week.
Milwaukee Bucks (+700)
The Milwaukee Bucks are the number one seed in the Eastern Conference with nine wins and four losses so far. The Bucks kicked off and welcomed 2021 with a win over the Bulls, where they finished the game with a 126-96 on the scoreboard.
The Bucks hoped that they would achieve more wins this year after their up-and-down performance last year as they entered the season. And based on the few more games they played this year, it is safe to say that the Bucks got their rhythm and only needed to maintain their momentum.
Philadelphia 76ers (+2100)
The Philadelphia 76ers were unstoppable at the beginning of the year as they had four straight wins since their game on New Year’s Day. After the four successful matches, the team faced three consecutive losses. Good thing they bounced back during their overtime game with Miami Heat, winning with a 137-134 score.
After two days, both teams met again where the 76ers proved that they deserved the overtime win over the Miami Heat, ending their second consecutive match with a 125-108 score. The team started to lead the game at half-time and managed to keep their energy until the game.
The league officially released a statement about the structure and format of the current season. They have decided to extend the postseason and include a Play-in Tournament scheduled to take place after the second half of the regular season.
The Play-in will determine which team will be filling the seventh and eighth playoff seeds for each conference. The All-Star break will be between the first and the second half of the regular season.
To check the updated odds of the 2020-21 NBA Season, you can check www.fanduel.com/sbk/nba-odds as they constantly update their odds to reflect each team’s current standings in the league.
We are just starting the 2021 NBA regular season and still have a long way to go until the Championship game, and the odds keep getting better for these five teams. The upcoming months will not be easy for these teams. They need to constantly improve to secure a spot in the Championship.