Every team's odds to win the 2019-20 NBA championship
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Every team's odds to win the 2019-20 NBA championship

Yardbarker's Ryan Fowler runs down all 30 teams' chances of winning the 2019-20 NBA championship.

 
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Are the Raptors one title and done?

Are the Raptors one title and done?
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The 2018-19 Toronto Raptors were +1,400 (14-to-1) to win the NBA championship this time last year. The addition of Kawhi Leonard, play of Kyle Lowry and emergence of Pascal Siakam proved once again that anything is impossible, as the Raptors rallied to beat a hobbled Golden State Warriors squad in the NBA Finals. However, their odds to repeat plummeted once Leonard decided to take his talents to the Clippers and Danny Green joined the Lakers. The "Left Coast" boasts several squads in prime position to raise the 2019-20 Larry O'Brien Trophy next summer.

Odds via Bovada

 
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The have-nots (+20,000 or higher)

The have-nots (+20,000 or higher)
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The Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavs, Charlotte Hornets, New York Knicks, Washington Wizards and Memphis Grizzlies are rebuilding. Unlike the Cavs, who have enjoyed some recent success, Phoenix has missed the playoffs nine consecutive years. The Knicks were hoping to add Zion Williamson, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. New York had to settle for Julius Randle and R.J. Barrett. The Wizards have a bunch of money tied up in John Wall, who will miss the season with a torn Achilles. The Grizzlies are going to go as far as their last top two draft picks, Jaren Jackson Jr. and Ja Morant, take them.

 
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Sacramento Kings (+15,000)

Sacramento Kings (+15,000)
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2018-19 record: 39-43
Playoffs: no

In a loaded Western Conference, it's easy to overlook an improved Kings roster. De'Aaron Fox averaged 17 points and seven assists per game last season, while Marvin Bagley showed great progress down the home stretch of his rookie season. Many wondered if Buddy Hield's college game would translate in the pros, but he's silenced those critics as he averaged nearly 21 points per game last season. Don't sleep on Richaun Holmes off the bench. The former Phoenix Suns big man will bring energy and crash the glass when Bagley needs a breather.

 
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Minnesota Timberwolves (+15,000)

Minnesota Timberwolves (+15,000)
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2018-19 record: 36-46
Playoffs: no

After qualifying for the 2017-18 playoffs, Minnesota regressed from 47 to 36 wins and missed the 2019 postseason. It feels like tradition to say this, but it's a crucial year for Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns. Wiggins (18.1 PPG) has yet to live up to the No. 1 draft pick hype, and Towns (24.4 PPG and 12.4 RPG) — though uber-talented — has not lifted the franchise to the next level. Granted, the drama that played out last season with Jimmy Butler before his trade to Philadelphia caused team chemistry issues that likely aided in their lackluster season.

 
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Detroit Pistons (+15,000)

Detroit Pistons (+15,000)
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2018-19 record: 41-41
Playoffs: yes

The Pistons finished 41-41 last season. It's a microcosm of the mediocrity we've come to expect from the franchise over the past decade. Detroit hasn't won a playoff game since 2009, and its top spark off the bench this season may be Derrick Rose. Ouch.

 
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Chicago Bulls (+15000)

Chicago Bulls (+15000)
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2018-19 record: 22-60
Playoffs: no

Unlike Detroit, Chicago possesses some upward trajectory behind Zach LaVine, Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr. Carter missed most of his rookie season due to thumb surgery and then required core muscle surgery this past summer. He's back healthy and participating in preseason action. The Bulls won only 22 games last season but have the talent to flirt with 40-plus if the chemistry jels and LaVine and Markkanen each reaches his full potential.

 
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Atlanta Hawks (+15,000)

Atlanta Hawks (+15,000)
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2018-19 record: 29-53
Playoffs: no

The Hawks will feature five rotation players 22 years old or younger, which helps offset the fact that Vince Carter returns for his 34th ... *double-checks notes* ...  22nd and final season. Trae Young (pictured) finished second to Luka Doncic in Rookie of the Year voting, but some thought his consistent play throughout should have earned him the hardware. John Collins is another NBA star who would be tough to pick out of a lineup, but he did average 19 points and 10 rebounds per game last season. The Hawks are still at least a year or two away from competing for a playoff spot, but they're on their way.

 
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Orlando Magic (+10,000)

Orlando Magic (+10,000)
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2018-19 record: 42-40
Playoffs: yes

Remember this picture of Aaron Gordon during the 2016 NBA Dunk contest? It's a reminder that as great of an athlete and high-riser Gordon is, he's never really embraced the role of team leader and improved the Magic's Eastern Conference status. Orlando has one playoff win over the last seven years. On the other hand, Nikola Vucevic is one of the league's best players with the fewest headlines. He averaged 21 points and 12 rebounds per game last season, yet most NBA fans would have trouble picking him out of a lineup. The X-factor this year is former No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz, whom the Magic traded for last February. In early preseason action, Fultz's new stroke looks fluid, which has Magic fans stoked about the possibilities.

 
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Oklahoma City Thunder (+6,600)

Oklahoma City Thunder (+6,600)
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2018-19 record: 49-33
Playoffs: yes

Russell Westbrook and Paul George are gone, Chris Paul has arrived and the rebuild has begun. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander was acquired in the trade that sent George to the Clippers, and the rookie would have remained in Los Angeles' long-term plans had Kawhi Leonard not requested George's services immediately. We'll know early on in the season if the Thunder can win with the roster they have or are sellers, trading off veteran pieces, as they look toward the future.

 
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New Orleans Pelicans (+6,600)

New Orleans Pelicans (+6,600)
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2018-19 record: 33-49
Playoffs: no

The Zion Williamson Era is off to an impressive start this preseason. The rookie out of Duke is already playing above the rim and creating a highlight reel, which the Pelicans hope stretches for the next 15-plus years. However, Williamson is just one piece of the puzzle, as general manager David Griffin also acquired Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram from the Lakers and starting shooting guard Jrue Holiday is the best 21.2 points per game player flying under the radar. This season may be an appetizer of a championship buffet to come down in the bayou.

 
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Miami Heat (+6,600)

Miami Heat (+6,600)
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2018-19 record: 39-43
Playoffs: no

Jimmy Butler joins his fourth team in two years. The former Bull-Timberwolf-Sixer is now the focal point of the Heat's franchise. He's averaged 18 or more points for six consecutive seasons but found it difficult to maximize his potential on a Philadelphia squad chock full of talented scorers. On the block, former Kentucky Wildcat Bam Adebayo will get the nod, as Hassan Whiteside was dealt to the Trail Blazers in the deal that acquired Butler. Speaking of UK, Tyler Herro is a three-point sharpshooter to watch and one who dazzled during the NBA summer league.

 
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Dallas Mavericks (+6,600)

Dallas Mavericks (+6,600)
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2018-19 record: 33-49
Playoffs: no

One of the most exciting long shots on the board, Dallas features reigning Rookie the Year Luka Doncic and now Kristaps Porzingis. Before tearing his ACL in February of 2018 and missing all of the 2018-19 season, Porzingis averaged 22.7 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game as a member of the Knicks. All Doncic did last year was average 21 points, eight rebounds and six assists per game, as Dirk Nowitzki passed the proverbial torch to another international superstar. The rest of the Mavs roster is "meh" at best but could surprise some Western Conference squads if Porzingis returns to form.

 
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San Antonio Spurs (+5,000)

San Antonio Spurs (+5,000)
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2018-19 record: 48-34
Playoffs: yes

The Spurs have made 22 consecutive trips to the playoffs. It'll likely be 23 behind the veteran leadership of DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldrige and the youthful exuberance of Dejounte Murray, Derrick White and Lonnie Walker IV. Murray missed all of last season due to a torn ACL, but LeBron was raving about his potential pre-injury, White stepped up in place of Murray and averaged 10 points, four rebounds and four assists and all Walker did was average 30 points per game during the NBA summer league. Coach Gregg Popovich is a wizard.

 
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Indiana Pacers (+5,000)

Indiana Pacers (+5,000)
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2018-19 record: 48-34
Playoffs: yes

Victor Oladipo likely won't be back until January, which promotes newcomer Malcolm Brogdon and veteran big man Myles Turner as the co-team leaders until Oladipo returns from a knee injury. Brogdon made a lot of noise during his rookie season as a member of the Milwaukee Bucks, but as we know that's Giannis' team, which turned Brogdon into more of a role player. With the Pacers, Brogdon will be needed to handle the ball and make shots now that Darren Collison is a retiree at the age of 32.

 
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Toronto Raptors (+3,300)

Toronto Raptors (+3,300)
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2018-19 record: 58-24
Playoffs: yes

The Raptors have won without Kawhi Leonard before, but they had DeMar Derozen back then. With Kyle Lowry now 33 years old, it's probably safe to say this is Pascal Siakam's team to lead if he wishes. He averaged 17 points and seven rebounds per game last year and will protect the paint alongside Marc Gasol, whom Toronto traded for last winter.

 
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Portland Trail Blazers (+3,300)

Portland Trail Blazers (+3,300)
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2018-19 record: 53-29
Playoffs: yes

If things don't change soon, Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum will go down as one of the best tandems without a trip to the Finals. The Blazers retooled their roster and added center Hassan Whiteside, who has shown paint dominance in the past before falling out of favor with the Miami Heat. Portland's front office is also giddy over Anfernee Simons who looks to take on a bigger role in Year 2.

 
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Brooklyn Nets (+3,300)

Brooklyn Nets (+3,300)
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2018-19 record: 42-40
Playoffs: yes

With Kevin Durant out for the season while he rehabs from a torn Achilles tendon, the Brooklyn Nets are more of a two-year project than a serious 2019-20 NBA title contender. Now that D'Angelo Russell is in Golden State, Kyrie Irving's supporting cast possesses talent but probably not enough to get out of the Eastern Conference. However, do not sleep on Caris LeVert. Injury cost him some games last year, but he and Spencer Dinwiddie are among the league's best role players.

 
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Boston Celtics (+2,000)

Boston Celtics (+2,000)
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2018-19 record: 49-33
Playoffs: yes

The 2018-19 Celtics were the favorites to win the Eastern Conference, but chemistry and injury issues derailed a good thing and Boston was bounced in the playoffs by the Milwaukee Bucks. With Kyrie Irving leaving for Brooklyn, the C's signed Kemba Walker to take the starting point guard spot. It'll be interesting to see if Jaysom Tatum can find his rookie season mojo. There were some whispers that Irving and Tatum struggled to co-exist. With a fresh roster, Celtics fans crave a Tatum and Jaylen Brown reboot.

 
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Denver Nuggets (+1,600)

Denver Nuggets (+1,600)
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2018-19 record: 54-28
Playoffs: yes

With no draft picks and a quiet free agent period, the 2019-20 Nuggets will look a lot like the 2018-19 edition. They won 34 of their 54 games at home last season as they, like the Denver Broncos, used the high-altitude advantage as their sixth man. Nikola Jokic carries a lot of weight but nearly averaged a triple-double last season with 20 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists per game. Gary Harris (pic) was limited due to injuries, but if he can find his 2017-18 groove, Denver's odds to win the West improve. Also, keep an eye on second-year draft pick Michael Porter Jr., who has spent most of the past two years rehabbing from a serious back injury.

 
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Utah Jazz (+1200)

Utah Jazz (+1200)
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2018-19 record: 50-32
Playoffs: yes

The Jazz won 50 regular-season games last season but were bounced from the first round of the playoffs. So they went out and signed veteran Michael Conley to take some pressure off young Donovan Mitchell. The two should help share some of the scoring burden, while back-to-back Defensive Player of the Year, Rudy Gobert, protects the paint. If they do reach the Finals, it'll be the first time since the 1990s.

 
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Golden State Warriors (+1,200)

Golden State Warriors (+1,200)
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2018-19 record: 57-25
Playoffs: yes

Kevin Durant left for Brooklyn. Klay Thompson is out with a torn ACL. D'Angelo Russell replaces Thompson as the Robin to Stephen Curry's Batman. The X-factor as to whether the Warriors compete for a sixth consecutive NBA Finals appearance will be Draymond Green. Known more for his defensive and annoying kid brother skills, Green will have to produce on the offensive end on a more consistent basis. Big man Kevon Looney earned a starting gig this season by balling out in last summer's playoffs while playing through a serious shoulder injury.

 
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Philadelphia 76ers (+700)

Philadelphia 76ers (+700)
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2018-19 record: 51-31
Playoffs: yes

It'll go down as one of the most iconic photos in NBA history, and Joel Embiid will have to live with the memes. Kawhi Leonard knocked the 76ers out of the playoffs on a buzzer-beater last summer, but Philadelphia returns with one of the league's most talented rosters that includes Ben Simmons, Tobias Harris and Embiid. The feeling is the 76ers could compete with the Clippers for the league's top defense this season. Al Horford brings a much-needed veteran presence to the roster, while Zhaire Smith is a young start to watch in his second season.

 
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Houston Rockets (+700)

Houston Rockets (+700)
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2018-19 record: 53-29
Playoffs: Yes

The James Harden-Chris Paul Houston Rockets were often on the cusp of tripping up the Golden State Warriors on their way to the NBA Finals but couldn't close the deal. Perhaps with Paul out and Russell Westbrook in, the 2019-20 Rockets can survive the Western Conference Playoffs and advance to the Finals for the first time since 1995.

 
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Milwaukee Bucks (+600)

Milwaukee Bucks (+600)
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2018-19 record: 60-22
Playoffs: Yes

Giannis Antetokounmpo is only 24 years old, and that should have the rest of the NBA spooked. The reigning MVP is on pace to dominate the league for the next decade, and Bucks fans hope a title or two are delivered to Milwaukee sooner rather than later. Following LeBron's Eastern Conference departure last summer, the Celtics and 76ers appeared to be the favorites to reach the Finals, but Giannis along with Khris Middleton have lifted the Bucks to the status of NBA championship favorites.

 
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Los Angeles Lakers (+450)

Los Angeles Lakers (+450)
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2018-19 record: 37-45
Playoffs: No

Even before LeBron James and Anthony Davis could bump chests in a regular-season game, Davis suffered his first injury. The oft-injured big man sprained his thumb in preseason action, but it's not expected to be a long-term concern. Yet Lakers fans are holding their collective breath as the franchise overhauled its entire roster and salary cap so that James and Davis could combine their talents and make a run at an NBA title. With Davis less than 100 percent heading into the regular season, those aspirations are somewhat tainted.

 
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Los Angeles Clippers (+400)

Los Angeles Clippers (+400)
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2018-19 record: 48-34
Playoffs: yes

The theory that defense wins championships will be put to the test this year, as the Clippers should be one of the most defensively efficient teams ever. Aside from Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, Patrick Beverley is one of the league's premier defenders. Doc Rivers is among the favorites to win Coach of the Year, and with this loaded roster anything less than a top-two seed will be considered a disappointment.

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