Odds to Win 2020 NBA Title Now That League Moves Forward With Season, Playoffs

The NBA is just one vote away from approving a restart to the 2019-20 season, which has been put on hold indefinitely because of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Players could return to meaningful games on July 31 in Orlando, and a playoff would soon follow.

The NBA's Board of Governors on Thursday approved a 22-team return at ESPN's Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney Resort in Central Florida. Now the players association must second the notion, which is perhaps just a formality at this point as NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has kept players in the loop of all negotiations.

Once approved, teams would schedule training camps at their team sites at the end of June, and then travel to Orlando at the beginning of July to begin mandatory quarantining—consistent with Florida governing travelers coming into the state.

The league will likely approve a 22-team plan, which includes 16 playoff teams plus six more teams in contention. The added teams bring added enthusiasm for a playoff push, but then again, it's also about money. If the team were to limit it to 16 teams, then it would miss out on TV revenue from extra games and the race for playoff spots.

The NBA was the first major American sport to postpone (or cancel) its season because of coronavirus. On March 11, after a player from the Utah Jazz tested positive for the virus, the NBA shut its doors until further notice. The next day, Major League Baseball and the NHL followed suit. By afternoon of March 12, the NCAA had canceled its lucrative men's basketball tournament and the rest of its winter and spring championships.

The NBA has been a leader in trying to get back into finishing its season and helping restart sports in America. The biggest key was doing it safely.

"I think we're looking for the number of new [coronavirus] infections to come down," Silver said. "We're looking for the availability of testing on a large scale. We're looking at the path that we're on for potentially a vaccine. We're looking at antivirals. On top of that, we're playing close attention to what the CDC is telling us on a federal level and what these various state rules are that are in place."

With a tentative plan in place, new odds emerged from Las Vegas on who has the best shot at winning the title in the abbreviated 2019-2020 season. Right now, the LeBron James-led Los Angeles Lakers and the Milwaukee Bucks are the co-favorites to win it all.

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LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts after his basket in front of Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks at Staples Center on March 06, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

Here are the odds of teams winning the NBA title, according to vegasinsider.com.

5:2 Los Angeles Lakers

5:2 Milwaukee Bucks

33:10 Los Angeles Clippers

12:1 Houston Rockets

20:1 Boston Celtics

24:1 Toronto Raptors

25:1 Denver Nuggets

27:1 Miami Heat

27:1 Philadelphia 76ers

29:1 Utah Jazz

36:1 Dallas Mavericks

60:1 Brooklyn Nets

100:1 Indiana Pacers

100:1 Oklahoma City Thunder

120:1 New Orleans Pelicans

210:1 Memphis Grizzlies

210:1 Portland Trailblazers

210:1 San Antonio Spurs

250:1 Orlando Magic

250:1 Phoenix Suns

250:1 Sacramento Kings

250:1 Washington Wizards