We're roughly one month from the start of the 2019-20 NBA regular season. Star players have found new homes, rosters have been shaken up and, most importantly, odds are settling.
As the countdown to Oct. 22 begins, here's how the title odds, win totals, and division prices stack up:
|Team||Opening Odds||Current Odds|
There's been plenty of movement since the openers, which materialized prior to free agency, but things have been relatively quiet on the title odds front.
The consistent bet throughout the offseason has been the Lakers, who jumped from 20-1 to 4-1.
No, oddsmakers didn't swing and miss to produce some huge discrepancies between opening numbers and current; some shops released 2019-20 win totals prior to the offseason. As Caesars senior oddsmaker Alan Berg told theScore over the summer, odds become a "speculative market" when they open prior to free agency: It's essentially a guessing game regarding which teams will load up or clean house, and the adjusted numbers are already baked in.
The Thunder (Paul George traded to the Clippers; Russell Westbrook traded to the Rockets), Knicks (missing out on free agents), Clippers (signing Kawhi Leonard on top of landing George), Hornets (failing to re-sign Kemba Walker), Heat (acquiring Jimmy Butler), and Raptors (failing to re-sign Leonard) have seen some of the most notable changes since the opening totals.
Division prices have stayed put throughout the summer. There are six odds-on favorites here, but none pricier than the Bucks - you'll need $2,000 to win back $100 in an underwhelming Central. Milwaukee also boasts the highest win total on the board at 58, with room to spare over the Pacers (47.5, 7-1) in the division.
Alex Kolodziej is a betting writer at theScore. He's a graduate of Eastern Illinois who has been involved in the sports betting industry for 12 years. He can quote every line from "Rounders" and appreciates franchises that regularly wear alternate jerseys. Find him on Twitter @AlexKoIodziej.