The 2019-2020 NBA season will be a massive New Jersey Sports Betting, with three NBA teams in the area creating a plethora of buzz.
The Philadelphia 76ers are fourth in NBA Finals odds, the New York Knicks are a long shot but with a ton of mid-tier talent and a budding young star, and the Brooklyn Nets are a revamped team after acquiring Kyrie Irving, DeAndre Jordan, and Kevin Durant in the off-season after unloading D’Angelo Russell.
This 2019-2020 NBA season will be a great one, but the focus right now with two weeks before tip, is the NBA futures market. DraftKings Sportsbook has provided a table of the total dollars wagered on the NBA Finals futures market, and the numbers are staggering.
|Team||DraftKings Sportsbook Odds||Percent of Handle|
|Los Angeles Lakers||425||26%|
|Golden State Warriors||1100||8%|
|Los Angeles Clippers||325||6%|
|Portland Trail Blazers||3600||2%|
|New York Knicks||25000||2%|
|New Orleans Pelicans||6000||1%|
New York Knicks Title Odds
The Knicks are +25000 to win the NBA Finals, but only nine teams have had more money bet on them to win the whole thing. Is this due to fans of the team betting on them with long odds? Maybe, but +25000 is an easy price to pay if you believe the Knicks have any chance to make it in the Eastern Conference.
On DraftKings Sportsbook, the Knicks have brought in two percent of the total money wagered on the NBA Finals futures market. While unlikely for the Knicks to win a title this year, there is plenty of young talent to be excited about at Madison Square Garden. Rookie R.J. Barrett will be fun to watch as the focal point of the Knicks’ offense, but he is joined by Julius Randle, Kevin Knox, Dennis Smith Jr., and Mitchell Robinson to form a solid core of talented basketball players. The Knicks have incredible depth at forward, with Marcus Morris, Taj Gibson, Bobby Portis and more, but will they have enough sta rpower to make a run?
Two percent of bettors think so, but either way +25000 is likely too long of odds on DraftKings Sportsbook.
Brooklyn Nets Title Odds
While this may not be the year for the Nets with Kevin Durant out, some bettors on DraftKings Sportsbook still have faith in Kyrie Irving and company to make a run. At +2500 to win the NBA Finals, the Nets are bringing in eight percent of the betting handle for the NBA Finals futures market.
The Nets are expected to roll out a starting lineup with Irving joined by DeAndre Jordan, Caris LeVert, Taurean Prince, and Rodion Kurucs. That is quite the versatile starting five with Irving being the feature on offense. The Nets depth is vastly underrated as well, with Jarrett Allen, Spencer Dinwiddie, and Joe Harris coming off the bench making the Nets’ second unit one of the best in the Eastern Conference.
Despite not having Durant, the Nets are still expected to be one of the better teams in the East, and bettors on DraftKings Sportsbook have proven that with eight percent of the total handle being placed on Brooklyn at +2500. If somehow Durant can come back before the playoffs, Nets bettors will be elated at the current price.
Philadelphia 76ers Title Odds
As noted above, the Sixers have the fourth-best odds to win the NBA Finals at 7:1, or +700. But, they have the second-most dollars wagered on them in the NBA Finals futures market. 24% of the money has come in on the Sixers to win the NBA title, behind only the Los Angeles Lakers.
On DraftKings Sportsbook, the Sixers are +700. But with this recent news given the liability of the sports book, will these odds change? During the regular season, certainly. There may be a few growing pains with a few new starters in the lineup (Josh Richardson and Al Horford) at first, but make no mistake about it. The Sixers are truly one of the favorites in the NBA poised to make a run at a title. With the deepest team they have had since “The Process” began, look for the Sixers to be playing deep into the summer.
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