We’re now into July, and the NBA is just a few weeks away from its scheduled return.
The Lakers were atop the board at +120 when William Hill re-released its Western Conference futures in June, and now they’re the +115 favorites. The Clippers are right behind them at 8/5 (+160) odds, followed by the Rockets at 15/2.
Teams that have had their odds improve since they went back up include the Pelicans (30/1 to 22/1), Thunder (25/1 to 20/1), Trail Blazers (30/1 to 25/1) and Kings (1000/1 to 350/1). On the other end, the Jazz have seen their odds considerably worsen, shifting from 17/1 to 28/1.
The Lakers were tops in total number of tickets and total dollars wagered for winning the 2019-20 NBA title, and they also lead the way in both for Western Conference futures. Los Angeles has drawn 20% of the total number of tickets and 21% of the total dollars wagered.
The team that ranks second in the two categories is actually further down the board. The Blazers have received 11% of the total number of tickets and 16% of the total dollars wagered, highlighted by one Nevada bettor placing $1,000 on Blazers 150/1. If Portland were to come out of the Western Conference, the total payout for that wager would be $151,000.
The biggest potential total payout for a Western Conference futures bet at William Hill thus far is for the Pelicans. Another Nevada bettor put down $500 on Pelicans 500/1 for a potential total payout of $250,500.
Meanwhile, the largest wagers placed as of now for this market have come in on the two teams from the Lone Star State. A $2,000 bet was taken on both the Mavericks at 35/1 and the Rockets at 9/1 for respective potential total payouts of $72,000 and $20,000.
William Hill also has another futures market available in New Jersey regarding which Western Conference team will end up as the No. 8 seed. The Grizzlies are -140 chalk, with the Pelicans next at 7/2 and the Blazers at 4/1. You can see every team’s odds here.
Check out William Hill’s latest 2019-20 Western Conference futures odds and trends below, which are available to bet in Nevada, New Jersey and Iowa.
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