Updated Western Conference Odds
The race in the NBA’s Western Conference looks like it is going to come down to a battle of Los Angeles. Here’s a look at the latest odds to reach the NBA Finals out of the West.
According to the latest oddsmakers, the Los Angeles Lakers are the slim favorite in the West, as they are getting odds of +165 to win. Other short odds to win are the Los Angeles Clippers (+200), the Houston Rockets (+800), the Denver Nuggets (+900) and the Utah Jazz (+900).
The Lakers are the top team in the West right now at 41-12. They have a 4-game lead on the field. Los Angeles has an 18-7 record at home, but an impressive 23-5 record on the road. Los Angeles has a big two-headed monster in LeBron James and Anthony Davis, but have concerns about depth behind them. Los Angeles is putting up 114.7 points per game on offense while allowing 107.3 per game for a +7.4 differential.
Clipper Nation has high hopes for a title this season, but Los Angeles finds itself third in the West right now at 37-18, five games behind the Lakers. They are 22-5 at home, but just 15-13 on the road. Kawhi Leonard and Paul George join a deep bench to provide the title hopes. The Clippers are scoring 115.9 points per game while allowing 110.3 per contest for a +5.6 differential.
The Rockets are back in fifth in the West right now at 34-20. They sit 7.5 games behind the Lakers for first place. Houston is 19-8 at home and 15-12 on the road. Their offense continues to shine with 118.2 points per game, but they allow 114.5 points per game as well for a +3.7 differential. Houston traded for Russell Westbrook this season to pair with James Harden, but they have traded away their size and are running a small lineup, which may be a problem come the postseason.
The Nuggets are second in the West right now at 38-17. They are four games behind the Lakers for first in the conference. They are 21-7 at home and 17-10 on the road. Denver allows just 106.7 points per game while scoring 110.4 per contest for a +3.7 differential. Denver is led by Nikola Jokic, who can do a little bit of everything and pushes for a triple-double consistently.
Utah is fourth in the West right now with a 36-18 record. The Jazz are 20-5 at home and 16-13 on the road. They are putting up 111.3 points per game while allowing just 107.2 per contest for a +4.1 differential. Donovan Mitchell continues to be a breakout star for the Jazz while Rudy Gobert is a averages a double-double and is one of the top defensive centers in the league.