With the NBA bubble recently concluded, the Los Angeles Lakers are 2020 champions. Already, odds for next season’s winner have arrived. That gives an early look at the San Antonio Spurs’ odds to win the Western Conference and NBA championship, presumably in 2021. Unfortunately, the team’s near-qualification for a bubble playoff spot in Florida didn’t impress oddsmakers ahead of the next season.
San Antonio Spurs Odds Have Team as an Early Longshot
LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers are NBA champions after defeating the Miami Heat 4-2 in the 2020 NBA Finals. Some have already said it’s another asterisk-type championship, which the San Antonio Spurs fans are familiar with. Their 1999 championship in an NBA lockout season brought about the asterisk talk years ago which now may haunt the Lakers.
That said, the Lakers are once again favorites to win it all. The Vegas Insider future odds list them as 7-2 favorites (+350) to repeat in 2021. Los Angeles is followed by the Los Angeles Clippers (+400 or 4-1), Milwaukee Bucks (+650 or 13-2), Boston Celtics (+1200 or 12-1), and Golden State Warriors (+1200 or 12-1).
So how about the San Antonio Spurs’ odds? Fans will have to go much farther down the future odds list to find them. The Spurs are currently amongst the bottom eight teams, with +2000 odds to win it all. That certainly makes sense, as the Spurs may have talented veterans and rising stars, but no superstar duo or trio necessarily.
Spurs fans shouldn’t be too disappointed as the Charlotte Hornets have a lot worse odds to win the NBA title. They’re currently +500000 longshots to win it all. That would mean if someone bets $100 on Charlotte at those odds and they somehow won it all, that wager would pay out $500,000.
Spurs’ Western Conference Odds Also low
As far as winning the Western Conference, odds makers are saying fat chance for San Antonio. Currently, that same Vegas Insider report lists the Spurs as +12500 underdogs. That ties the Spurs with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Sacramento Kings as the biggest longshot teams to win the West.
The Lakers, Clippers, Warriors, Nuggets, and Rockets make up the top five in terms of favorites to win the West. Spurs fans will be quick to admit most of those teams are just better in terms of stars and overall talent, at the moment.
Despite the seriously low odds, Spurs fans have a lot to be optimistic about. They’ll look to the return of former All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge who was unable to participate in the bubble due to shoulder surgery and rehab. DeMar DeRozan appears he will back on the team at least for next season. The team has rising stars including Keldon Johnson, Lonnie Walker, and Dejounte Murray.
In addition to that, the San Antonio Spurs hold the No. 11 pick in the upcoming NBA Draft. They could potentially keep that pick and get a great prospect, as they’ve had a history of doing over the years. Or, they could make some sort of trade to get a better pick, or more talent for the roster.
The NBA Draft is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, November 18. The San Antonio Spurs faithful will certainly be waiting to see what the next moves are ahead of another season under Gregg Popovich.