The 2020 basketball season is already picking up momentum, and many fans have their eyes set on their ‘favorites.’ The question is, which is the most likely team to take the cup home this time around?
Eyes on the Clippers
After the news that the Clippers were to trade for Paul George, from Oklahoma, the likelihood of the team winning the title improved from an odd of a 16 to 1 to a 3 to 1 prediction by the Westgate Sportsbook. The same move followed a 3 to 2 chance of the Lakers to a 6 to 1 after the Bucks. This shows the impact that Paul might have on the potential of the Clippers performing well.
However, the impact is not all on Paul George. Leonard is also on the same team, meaning this will be a joint effort between both players which raised the prospectuses for a likely win. At this point, the Clippers seem to be more ready for the season compared to the Lakers who are yet to put their pieces together. Also, it is worth noting that the Clippers have one of the best defenders, Beverley.
The Lakers also have a favorable line-up, with notable names such as LeBron James, Kyle Kuzma, and Anthony Davis. Sherman did not feel as if the signing of DeMarcus Cousins would cause a big impact on the team’s odds. Given that the Lakers’ key players are all over 28, it might be that their ages have affected their odds.
It is no doubt that money has a say in the game when it comes to trading players. However, we cannot ignore that the Lakers still have a strong team. In as much as the odds can predict the chances of a team winning the cup but the opportunity is available for any team to win.