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Bucks, Lakers re-start as co-favorites

Field Level Media
31 Jul 2020, 07:40 GMT+10

Twenty-two teams will take part in the re-start of the NBA season, but sportsbooks view it as a three-team title race.

The Los Angeles Lakers and Milwaukee Bucks are co-favorites at 250 at DraftKings and PointsBet, while the Los Angeles Clippers are 333 and 300, respectfully. No other team has lower odds than the Houston Rockets, who are 1200 at PointsBet and 1400 at DraftKings.

The Bucks had the best record in the NBA at 53-12 (.815) when the season was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic, but bettors have been flocking more toward the Lakers (49-14).

The Lakers were responsible for a whopping 33 percent of the championship split handle and 31 percent of the total bets - more than twice as much action as any other team. The Philadelphia 76ers (2000) were second in both categories at 16 and 15 percent.

The Clippers (12, 11) were followed by the Bucks (9, 11) and Boston Celtics (7, 6 at 2000). No other team had garnered more than four percent in either category.

Despite the action on the 76ers, the Bucks are the overwhelming favorites to win the Eastern Conference at -167.

Milwaukee facing the Lakers in the finals is being offered at 310 while garnering 52 percent of the handle and 48 percent of the total bets. The second-most popular finals matchup is the Bucks facing the Clippers, with the 350 moneyline attracting 15 percent of the bets and 14 percent of the handle.

Rockets guard James Harden is the favorite to lead the playoffs in scoring at 200 by PointsBet, followed by the Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo at 400.

--Field Level Media

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