2019-20 NBA Predictions, Odds & Live Stream
The 74th season of the National Basketball Association has commenced, with the regular season initiating on October 22, 2019 and ending on April 15, 2020. The Playoffs will begin by April 18, 2020 and will end with the NBA Finals in June 2020. The 2020 NBA All-Star Game will be played on February 16, 2020 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. As the NBA season is upon us, let’s jump in and take a look at who the favorites to win the title are and what to expect this season. There is some great value on the NBA odds with this being the most wide open NBA championship race in the last 6 years.
The Raptors open Championship Defense with a win over the Pelicans, as Toronto started the night with a ring ceremony, and ended it with a 130-122 win in overtime without Kawhi Leonard. Never before have two NBA teams from the same city been the odds-on favorites to win the title, with the Lakers and Clippers swapping the top two spots between bookmakers in the lead-up to the game.
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Los Angeles Clippers
The LA Clippers have ranked themselves top alongside the Lakers, Rockets and Nuggets as one of the top 4 teams in the West. After equipping some heavy machinery, now they have Kawhi Leonard and Paul George which means that they possess all the weaponry to mount a title challenge. The former player is fresh off a championship in his only year with the Raptors and he could be the best hope the Clippers have had to chase the title. This Clippers core group has always been good defensively and the latest addition must give them the flexibility to do more on the court. Additionally, their Head Coach Doc Rivers has championship experience, therefore everything is set for this team to make a legit run at a title. And, they also have no choice since they gutted most of their team to acquire George, hence it’s literally do or die for the Clippers.
Los Angeles Lakers
This year, the chances to get to the playoffs are high for Lakers if they can keep all their main players fit enough to play throughout the season. If they could keep the main starting 5 healthy, they could win it all this year and only if they could manage to do that. They’ve acquired some good players like the DeMarcus Cousins, Quinn Cook, Averry Bradley, Jared Dudley and Anthony Davis over the offseason which will help the team. It will surely come down to the Lakers and the Clippers in the Western Conference Finals and whoever wins that game or that series will win the championship plus it also depends on who is the healthiest at that time of the season. Mr. James has arguably the best talent around him than what he has ever had and as long as they can stay healthy they have a really good chance of winning a championship.
The Milwaukee Bucks are an American professional basketball team based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, competing in the NBA as a member of the league’s Eastern Conference Central Division. The team was founded in 1968 as an expansion team and play at the Fiserv Forum. Last season, the Bucks won 60 games, a 16-win improvement over the previous year. Their style of play was completely changed by Head coach Mike Budenholzer, who made improvements in a short period. The team’s star player, Giannis Antetokounmpo won the league MVP at 24 years old and he will be one of the leading candidates again this year. They led the league in margin of victory, rebounds, and points per game and they were also No. 2 in the league in 3-pointers attempted and made. Their core group of Giannis, Khris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe remains and the latter two will have a lot to prove this year for the Bucks.
Based in the Philadelphia metropolitan area, the 76ers compete in the NBA as a member of the league’s Eastern Conference Atlantic Division and play at Wells Fargo Center. As for the current season, it could be argued that the Sixers have the best starting 5 in the league namely – Ben Simmons, Josh Richardson, Tobias Harris, Al Horford and Joel Embiid. Their defensive potential seems absolutely threatening and they should be doing really great on offense too, although outside shooting could be a bit of a concern. Josh Richardson could be a solid perimeter stopper and secondary playmaker, as he looks promising in his new role. Horford’s basketball IQ and defense makes this team better, since the big man is also a great passer who will help encourage better ball movement. The Sixers have a great opportunity this year, if their core players stay sound throughout.
One of the most intriguing stories of the season is the relationship between James Harden and Russell Westbrook – two of the highest-usage players in the history of NBA. Now one if not both will have to sacrifice possessions for the greater good of the team. That somebody is likely to be Westbrook because this is clearly Harden’s team. Since, Westbrook can’t be a spot-up shooter and Harden is so ball dominant that Westbrook will have to do a better job with his career playing off the ball. Of course, all of this is Mike D’Antoni’s job to figure out, and if he doesn’t, he could be fired after the way things went down with him and the management this past offseason. Otherwise the Rockets have a good chance of making it to the playoffs of this season.
Golden State Warriors
People tend to think that Golden State now without KD isn’t the same as Golden State before they got KD. Klay Thompson is regarded as one of the best perimeter defenders in the league but Thompson is gone until February and KD has left, which is quite a setback. D-Lo is good, but he is not a great defender like them. Golden State is going to struggle with lack of depth and defense, but with the experience of Curry and Green they could do something. The two will have to play a lot of minutes to compensate for the loss of Thompson and KD, and plus now they added D Russel. The Warriors signed Cauley-Stein on the cheap, the 7-footer is a strange bird and his physical skills are enticing, though in a new environment with arguably better coaching, he will get every opportunity to prove Sacramento wrong. So if they all stay healthy and if Klay comes back at at least 80% by the playoffs, they could be winning it all but they are still an amazing team. As long as Curry is healthy, the team will win games and could go on to win a title, or atleast the playoffs should be easy.
The Jazz are another team with a ton of buzz after a busy offseason and they are a strong side in the Northwest Division of the Western Conference. With Mike Conley and Bojan Bogdonavic coming in, they have created a strengthened group of players. They are still a longshot to win the NBA title, but they have the type of defense to make noise, no matter where. If they maintain that defensive identity, this team has an outside shot at making a deep playoff run. After winning 50 games and finishing third in the loaded Northwest in 2018-19, the Jazz now have the best odds to win the division this season. The Jazz have the same odds to win the title as the Warriors and that’s kind of the world we live in the NBA.
Denver Nuggets pose great value as a dark horse NBA pick, finishing second in the Western Conference last season after winning 54 games. They aren’t getting as much buzz this year because of the improvements made by the two Los Angeles teams. As for their chances at winning an NBA title, the main problem is the consistency of the pieces outside of Nikola Jokic. Starting guard Jamal Murray will be worth watching, as he just signed a massive $170 million extension this past summer. Leapfrogging the Nuggets feels like a bit more of a stretch. They won 53 in 2018-19, and are bringing back their entire young core and added a nice fit in Jerami Grant, thus making up for one of the better sides this time.
For this coming 2019–2020 NBA season, a heavily revamped Brooklyn Nets team will possibly be a top-5 seed in the Eastern Conference. Even with newly acquired superstar Kevin Durant sidelined, they still have star guard Kyrie Irving who looks stronger than ever. Already a deep team, they added further depth to the roster with DeAndre Jordan, Nicolas Claxton, Jaylen Hands, Taurean Prince, Wilson Chandler and Garrett Temple. They still have budding star Caris LeVert, who just recently signed an extension to stay with the team, Spencer Dinwiddie, and Jarrett Allen. But, they will make at the very least the East Finals conversation interesting, since the defending champions will likely take a step back and most people are already inking the Bucks and the Sixers as the teams reaching the ECF.
The Celtics appear to be a tier below the Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers in the East, and their lack of quality ‘big men’ is a real concern. All said, there’s no telling just how much of a leap Brown and Tatum will make or if Hayward can get back to 100 percent, in the course of the season. Though the complicated Irving is gone, it will still be a challenge for Stevens to get those three functioning well and getting them the touches they need alongside Walker. They could pose a big threat for the other teams in their division but in order to continue that reputation into the playoffs, they will have to do more. And the potential is certainly there for the Celtics’ first top-five offense in the last 10 years.