Last season, the Toronto Raptors surprised everyone by winning the 2018/19 NBA title although the bookmakers take a dim view on whether the Canadian side can claim a consecutive victory during the 2019/20 season.

Betfair go as big as 40/1 that the champions retain their title, with the Raptors having beaten Golden State in the final last year after previously eliminating Milwaukee, Philadephia and Orlando.

Instead, the bookies are expecting an improved showing from the two Los Angeles teams this time around. The LA Clippers are a 3/1 chance with Ladbrokes and they will be looking to make a bigger impression in the playoffs this time around.

Last season, they were beaten 4-2 by Golden State Warriors who progressed to the final, although the operators are expecting them to go deeper this time around and they are considered as one of the best teams in the Western Conference.

As for Los Angeles Lakers, they could only manage tenth in the Western Conference last season although the bookies regard this as something of a blip and certainly respect their chances this time around.

Betfair offer a best price 4/1 that Head Coach Luke Walton guides them all the way to the title, with the Lakers only able to manage fourth place in the Pacific Division last season.

If the title isn’t going to be claimed by one of the LA teams, then perhaps Milwaukee are a team that can make a big impression and the Bucks were the outstanding team in the Eastern Conference when boasting a 60-22 record.

You can get a best price 6/1 about them this time around, with Milwaukee thrashing Detroit in the play-offs last season and also outclassing Boston before they fell short against the Raptors.

Philadelphia and Houston are next in the betting and both have strong enough credentials to make the playoff stage at the very least. The 76ers made it to the Conference Semifinals last season before that narrow defeat against Toronto and they’ll be keen to make amends.

As for Houston Rockets, they were another team who made the playoffs last season and went deep to the extent that they faced off against Golden State in the Conference semis before losing that match.

Golden State might be overpriced at 12/1 considering the Warriors performed so well last season and they were the standout team in the Western Conference after boasting a 57-25 record.

Steve Kerr’s side scalped some excellent teams en route to the NBA finals last season and will hope to draw on the disappointment in that final showdown to better effect this time around.

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