Can We Just Let One Season End Before Predicting The Next?

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Can We Just Let One Season End Before Predicting The Next?
Can We Just Let One Season End Before Predicting The Next?

In the last couple of weeks, the Tampa Bay Lightning and Milwaukee Bucks both earned themselves a dubious honor. Each was crowned a champion … of next season's betting odds. (Congrats! That and $2.45 will get you a large1 coffee at Starbucks.) According to data provided to FiveThirtyEight by the betting sites SportsBetting.ag and BetOnline.ag, Tampa Bay was installed as 8-to-1 favorites to win the 2020 Stanley Cup within hours of the St. Louis Blues winning the 2019 Stanley Cup, while the Bucks were made 9-to-2 favorites for next year's NBA title before the confetti even settled on the Toronto Raptors' 2019 victory. It's all part of a movement toward increased focus on next year's potential winners,

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