One of the strangest NBA seasons of all time is now in the books and the LA Lakers came out on top.
LA is once again favored to win in 2020/21 (currently listed at +325). The Clippers are +550, the Bucks are +600 and the Warriors are +650. The Nets at +700 round out the top five.
Talent can only take you so far in sports. Many different things have to come together over the course of a season for a team to win the Championship. That said, both the Tampa Bay Lightning in the NHL and the Lakers in the NBA were two of the favorites to win the Championship, and each team delivered the goods.
It doesn't always work out that way though. With the start of the 2020/21 season having now been set for December 22nd, I've already started to look at a few "dark horse" teams from both the Western and Eastern Conferences, that fall out of these Top 5 clubs that are listed above.
Miami Heat: +1500. I could see this line dropping significantly before the season starts, depending of course on who Miami is able to sign in the offseason. The Heat were underestimated by almost everyone throughout their historic "bubble" run, and I think they're being undervalued here as well (especially considering their competition in the East.)
Dallas Mavericks: +2800. What if Kristaps Porzingis didn't get injured in the Western Conference semi-finals against the Clippers? Would Luka Doncic and Dallas have put up a better fight against LeBron James and the Lakers? We'll never know, but it did appear as if Dallas had the advantage in that series up until Porzingis went down with an injury. This is another line that I can see dropping before the season starts, so if you like Dallas, and you don't mind tying up some of your bankroll for an extended period of time, firing on this one sooner rather than later is advised.
Denver Nuggets: +2500. If depth is an important factor to a team's success, then Denver definitely fits the bill. Jamal Murray, Gary Harris, and Nikola Jokic are accompanied by a plethora of talent, including Bol Bol, Michael Porter Jr, Troy Daniels, Will Barton, Mason Plumlee, and Will Barton.