We are a few weeks away from determining which team will win the 2019 NBA Championship, but it’s ever too early for Las Vegas to put odds on what it thinks the future holds. For this reason, odds are already out for which teams are in the best spots to win the 2020 title, including none other than the New York Knicks.
The SuperBook at Westgate Las Vegas released its first odds for next season. The Golden State Warriors are, unsurprisingly, in pole position, with the upstart Milwaukee Bucks right behind them. You don’t have to go too terribly far down to far the Knicks, which are tied with the Los Angeles Clippers for the sixth-best odds in the league. Here’s how it all breaks down.
There will, of course, be plenty of fluctuation between the time you’re reading this and the start of the 2020 season. Having said that, the most interesting aspect of this has to be the Knicks, which are expected to be active in the free agent market this summer — the names that have been most closely tied to New York have been Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, and should they move to Manhattan, you can expect that the team’s odds with make a major move.
Jeff Sherman, who oversees NBA odds at the SuperBook, believes the Knicks are the favorites to land Durant this summer and created their title odds accordingly. Sherman said the Knicks would be somewhere in the range of 300-1 if they aren’t able to land Durant or another of the high-profile stars who could be on the move this offseason. If New York does land Durant and Kyrie Irving, Sherman said he would still have the Bucks with better odds than the Knicks.
Again, all of these are going to change, but it’s fascinating that Vegas is hedging a little in the event New York makes moves this summer. At the very least, if the Knicks don’t land anyone, it’ll be fun to look back on all of this in like five months.