2020 NBA Title Odds: How Rockets' Russell Westbrook Trade Changes Futures Market

After sending Paul George to the Clippers, the Thunder continued to shakeup the league by trading eight-time NBA All-Star Russell Westbrook to the Rockets on Thursday. Fellow point guard Chris Paul was shipped to Oklahoma City in the deal, along with four first-round picks.

Houston (8-1) is tied for the fourth-shortest title odds with Philadelphia, but they haven’t shifted much since opening at 10-1 on May 4. The Clippers (+350) and Lakers (+450), respectively, still boast lowest odds across the futures market.

The Thunder (500-1), which lost 44.5 percent of their scoring between George and Westbrook, saw their odds skyrocket since opening at 25-1.

Although some bettors will jump all over the new-look Rockets, it’s advantageous to wait until the first couple months of the season if you’re in favor of the move.
Westbrook and Harden have tallied the two highest single-season usage rates in NBA history (2016-17 and 2018-19). Despite playing with each other for three campaigns in Oklahoma City, there’s potential for early-season struggles and their title odds increasing as a result.

Moreover, the league hasn’t generated this much parity among Western Conference teams’ title odds since the 2015-16 season. The Spurs (+400), Warriors (+500), Thunder (+800) and Clippers (+1050) possessed the shortest futures — with the Rockets (18-1) on their tails.

Beyond Los Angeles’ stars, Golden State (12-1) could make another run with their three-guard lineup of Steph Curry, D’Angelo Russell and Klay Thompson (torn ACL) if Thompson returns before the playoffs. The Jazz (14-1) present one of the league’s most intriguing lineups with Mike Conley and Bojan Bogdanovic now in the fold, too.

Below is the entire list of 2020 NBA title odds at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, as well as how they opened.

Updated NBA title odds:                   Opening odds:

●      Clippers +350                           16-1

●      Lakers +450                              20-1

●      Bucks +450                              +450

●      Rockets +800                            10-1

●      76ers +800                                10-1

●      Warriors 12-1                            +175

●      Jazz 14-1                                   40-1

●      Nuggets 16-1                             25-1

●      Celtics 25-1                               +700

●      Blazers 30-1                              40-1

●      Nets 40-1                                   30-1

●      Spurs 40-1                                 60-1

●      Pacers 40-1                                80-1

●      Mavs 50-1                                 50-1

●      Raptors 80-1                             20-1

●      Kings 80-1                                100-1

●      Heat 100-1                                300-1

●      Pelicans 100-1                          100-1

●      Magic 100-1                             100-1

●      Knicks 200-1                            16-1

●      Hawks 200-1                            100-1

●      Bulls 200-1                               100-1

●      Pistons 200-1                            300-1

●      Timberwolves 300-1                300-1

●      Grizzlies 300-1                         300-1

●      Suns 300-1                                300-1

●      Thunder 500-1                          25-1

●      Hornets 1,000-1                        300-1

●      Wizards 1,000-1                       300-1

●      Cavs 1,000-1                             300-1