2020 NBA championship odds: Updated look as NBA releases schedule for seeding games

Michael Gatti
NBC Sports Philadelphia

The NBA schedule is set. Each team's eight remaining regular-season games are mapped out before the postseason begins. However, that doesn't mean it's too early to think about the NBA Finals, especially from a sports betting perspective. 

For the sake of this conversation, let's assume the Sixers are firing on all cylinders and rip through the Eastern Conference playoffs en route to a berth in the Finals. If that happens, hopefully you locked in on the 28-1 odds ($100 wager pays $2,800) DraftKings is offering on Brett Brown and company to take home the title. 

Now, what about opponents from the West? Well, the last four times the Sixers made it to the big stage, they just happened to face star-studded Lakers squads (1980, 1982, 1983 and 2001). There's no doubt star power would dominate the storylines once again in 2020 - LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons would be just a few of the big names in that series. One who thinks this matchup can happen should jump on DraftKings and FanDuel and grab 25-1 odds ($100 wager pays $2,500) on Sixers vs. Lakers. 

Then there is that other team in the City of Angels ... the Clippers. There's plenty of elite talent on that roster too, starting with Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. A Sixers vs. Clippers championship has odds of 27-1 on DraftKings and 28-1 on FanDuel. To put this in perspective, a Lakers vs. Bucks matchup is listed at 3-1 on FanDuel. Needless to say, the oddsmakers think the Sixers have a lot to prove just to make it to the Finals. 

The basketball fan in me would just love to see the Sixers meet the Rockets in the Finals. Embiid vs. Russell Westbrook would be pure entertainment. With no fans in attendance, wouldn't it be great to hear the trash talking between the two rivals? I'm wondering how James Harden will play under these quieter conditions. The Beard could be even more dangerous in a streetball style game. which makes Sixers vs. Rockets at 80-1 odds on DraftKings ($100 wager pays $8,000) a little interesting. 

Want to really test the waters? BetMGM has odds on selecting the exact outcome of the Finals. The Sixers knocking off the Lakers is listed at 50-1, followed by the Sixers toppling the Clippers at 70-1 and Sixers over Rockets at 200-1 ($100 wager pays $20,000). On the flip side, the Lakers defeating the Sixers has odds of 35-1. That's followed by Clippers over Sixers at 40-1 and the Rockets beating the Sixers at 125-1. 

The playoff run should be fast and furious, like a ride on Space Mountain giving bettors butterflies in their stomachs with every twist and turn of this unprecedented postseason. Let's hope for the best and that everyone stays healthy so we can see how this season plays out. 

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