Kawhi’s Clippers jolt NBA title odds

Andy Hart
July 06, 2019 - 11:20 am

Los Angeles shocked the sports world Friday night and it wasn’t just thanks to the Clippers signing of free agent star Kawhi Leonard.

Apparently the former Raptor and Spur was a package deal, one that included his new home squad in L.A. trading for fellow superstar Paul George.

While many expected Leonard to land in Los Angeles – either as a Laker or a Clipper – the arrival alongside George sent shockwaves through the basketball world.

Just weeks after the Lakers landed Anthony Davis to pair with LeBron James and subsequently jump up the rankings of NBA title contenders, Leonard and George landing in La La Land has once again gotten Las Vegas odds makers to rethink the basketball hierarchy heading into the 2019-20 season.

According to Tweet from sports better analyst Darren Rovell, citing @PointsBetUSA, the Clippers are now the favorite to win the NBA title this coming season at +300 odds, slightly ahead of the Bucks and Lakers at +600. Meanwhile the Celtics are tied for ninth on the NBA title odds list, tied with the Nuggets at +2,500.

Another odds maker, VegasInsider.com, lists the Clippers as the NBA title favorite at 7/2 odds. The site has the Lakers next at 4/1, followed by the Bucks (6/1). Boston comes in eighth on the VegasINsider.com ranking, with a 25/1 chance to win the championship.


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