Okay, BetUS NBA online betting nation. With the 2020 NBA Draft a thing of the past, it’s time to take a fun-filled look at who the league’s biggest winners — and losers — were and how the 2021 NBA Championship Futures Odds for a handful of franchises might have changed since Wednesday night.
Let’s get started at the top of the sportsbook betting odds with the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers +300
The Lakers had the 28th pick but it wasn’t really important who they took as their selection was part of a deal to go to Oklahoma City for veteran point guard Dennis Schroeder. LA nabbed Washington power forward Jaden McDaniels, but he’ll be in Oklahoma City by the weekend. LA remains the same +300 pick they were before the draft.
Sacramento Kings +15000: Were +13000
Buddy Hield might have given the middle finger to head coach Luke Walton (he’s outta’ there), but the Kings got arguably the biggest steal in the draft by selecting super gifted former Iowa State two-guard Tyrese Haliburton with the 12th overall pick. Now, let’s see what Walton does!
Golden State Warriors +800: Were +600
The Warriors grabbed center James Wiseman with the second overall pick and it was the perfect selection as the Dubs really needed a big man in the worst way. A +600 pre-draft pick, Golden State is now a +800 pick to win it all next season. While winners in the draft, the Warriors are losers today, as their odds went down due to the season-ending injury to Klay Thompson.
New York Knicks +25000
The Knicks got a player that I believe is going to be a real star in former Dayton forward Obi Toppin. I don’t know how the scoring machine fell all the way to No. 8, but every other team that needed a forward and passed on Toppin will likely regret it.
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Miami Heat +1500
The Heat took super active forward Precious Achiwua with the 20th overall pick and now Miami is going to own the glass and every 50-50 ball that comes near the former Memphis star – or blossoming all-star Bam Adebayo.
Washington Wizards +15000
The Wizards got a real steal by selecting Israeli forward Deni Avdija with the ninth overall pick when many hoops observers thought he could end up being a Top 3 pick.
Philadelphia 76ers +2000
The 76ers were a +2200 pick but have improved to +2000 by making a series of wise draft night moves, starting with their selection of sweet-shoot former Kentucky guard Tyrese Maxey with the 21st overall pick.
San Antonio Spurs +10000
Are the Spurs the best organization in the league at finding – and developing young talent? In the words of the immortal Marv Albert…Yes! Former Florida State small forward Devin Vassell has stardom written all over his game and will flourish in the Alamo City!
Boston Celtics +1400
The Celtics added sweet-shooting Vanderbilt small forward Aaron Nesmith at No. 14, Oregon point guard Payton Pritchard at No. 26 and TCU shooting guard Desmond Bane at No. 30. Maybe it’s me, but Boston went for shooting help when i think they should have addressed their lack of productive big men. Then again, that’s what happens when Tyler Herro and Duncan Robinson shoot you out of the postseason.
Chicago Bulls +25000
I like former Florida State small forward Patrick Williams, but I have no idea what the hell the Bulls were thinking by taking him with the fourth overall pick when Obi Toppin, Deni Avidja and Isaac Okoro were all still available. Then again, this is why Chicago has been a bunch of perennial losers ever since Michael Jordan hung up his Nike’s
Minnesota Timberwolves +15000
The T-Wolves took former Georgia shooting guard Anthony Edwards with the top overall pick in the draft, but I still feel like they would have been better served by adding Obi Toppin to play alongside Karl Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell, but hey, that’s just me!
Charlotte Hornets +20000
The Hornets grabbed LaMelo Ball with the third overall pick, but I suspect he’ll be outta’ purgatory…I mean, Charlotte as soon as his rookie deal ends in four years or so.
Milwaukee Bucks +525 and Denver Nuggets +2000
Milwaukee took 6-5 shooting guard RJ Hampton with the 24th overall pick, but he’ll be going to Denver to join Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic in an even scarier lineup than the one that nearly reached this season’s NBA Finals. Denver was a +2200 pick, but has improved to a +2000 pick to win next season’s championship. Milwaukee is a +525 pick to win next season’s title after being a +550 pick before the draft.
Brooklyn Nets +500
The Nets selected Villanova forward Saddiq Bey with the 19th overall pick, but he’ll be going to Detroit as part of a deal that helps the Piston in their latest rebuild. The Nets remain a +500 pick to win it all in 2021.