The 2019-2020 NBA season is only a few weeks old, but a lot has changed!
The Warriors lost Stephen Curry for the year, the Utah Jazz look incredible, Kemba Walker has the Celtics looking at their best in years, and the Toronto Raptors have not regressed as much as anticipated with Kawhi Leonard signing out west.
Not to mention, the Lakers and Clippers look as advertised.
Let’s take a look. Here is a chart via PointsBet with their opening odds, their current odds and the change sorted by biggest drop.
|Team||PointsBet Current||PointsBet Opening||Change|
Movin’ On Up
Opening Odds: +40000
Current Odds: +15000
The Suns are off to a very hot start, considering. They are 6-4, and DeAndre Ayton has played just one game.
Devin Booker has taken the next step in his development, and is leading the way with 25 PPG and six assists. Surprisingly, the Suns have gotten extremely productive games from Aron Baynes (16 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 3.1 APG), Kelly Oubre, and a rejuvenated Ricky Rubio. When Ayton returns, the Suns will have quite the depth to play with and could continue to surprise in that Western Conference. Their odds have risen the most of anyone so far, and we can expect the same if they continue to play well.
Opening Odds: +40000
Current Odds: +20000
The Grizzlies are 3-7, so they aren’t setting the world on fire. With that being said, wins over the Nets, Timberwolves, and Spurs and terrific play by some young guards has the books adjusting a young Memphis team.
The duo of Ja Morant and Jaren Jackson Jr. have combined for 31.9 points per game, 8.7 rebounds, and 6.8 assists, but each are only playing 27 minutes a night. Dillon Brooks has had some monster games in the early going, and the Grizzlies are getting quality minutes from Jonas Valanciunas, Jae Crowder, and Brandon Clarke.
Expect the Grizzlies to trade some of their veterans at the deadline this season, but until then they could be a middle-of-the-road team, unworthy of +40000 odds to win the NBA Finals. No, they will likely not win this year but the young talent is earning their stripes in Memphis.
The Sky Is Falling
Golden State Warriors
Opening Odds: +1200
Current Odds: +20000
There are two teams in the NBA that have nine losses, the most in the NBA. One is the New York Knicks, and the other is the Golden State Warriors.
The Warriors are allowing a whopping 121.2 points per game, and are only scoring 111.7. For those keeping track at home, that is not good. At all.
With Steph Curry out, Draymond Green banged up and having his minutes monitored, and the lack of depth on the roster…the Warriors are destined for the lottery this season.
From +1200 to +20000 in a few weeks is insane, but when you lose an MVP candidate and have zero depth behind him, that is what happens.
The good news is, D’Angelo Russell is shining in a role that requires a lot from him. 26.3 PPG, 6.5 APG, and only 2.5 turnovers will certainly attract some suitors this year should Golden State entertain offers.
Teams to Watch
New Orleans Pelicans
Opening Odds: +6600
Current Odds: +12500
Only two teams have lost more games than the Pelicans this season, and without Zion Williamson they look to be going nowhere fast. Of course, the odds dropped with Zion missing a few months but the talent is there in New Orleans.
Brandon Ingram is having a career year scoring the basketball at nearly 26 points per game, they still have Jrue Holiday, Lonzo Ball, J.J. Redick and company, but are missing a very important part of basketball. Defense.
The Pelicans are giving up the most points per game in the NBA, at over 122 per game. That won’t cut it, they need Zion back.
Opening Odds: +2400
Current Odds: +2000
The Celtics odds have “only” moved from +2400 to +2000, but they may need to be taken seriously as a title contender in 2020.
Kemba Walker has many Celtics fans saying “Kyrie who?”, and the blossom of Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum to near-20 point per game players along with the resurgence of Gordon Hayward has the Celtics’ faithful buzzing. Hayward is out for a period of time with a broken hand, so the odds may not rise as quickly but make no mistake…this is a good basketball team.
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