The National Basketball Association was the first major league to shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic, and they have been unable to restart their season. Commissioner Adam Silver has been working hard to create a plan to return to action, and it appears that he is getting close.
Silver and other top NBA executives are looking to create a campus-like atmosphere to finish the remainder of the regular season, and they have narrowed down their search. According to league sources, the NBA is nearing a deal with The Walt Disney Company to move the entire league to the resort.
The ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at the Disney Resorts is the perfect solution to finish out the rest of the NBA season, and it appears that the players are on board as well. There are still several other issues that need to get ironed out, but finding a place to play all of the games is a huge first step.
Not only will all of the games take place at the Wide World of Sports Complex, but all players and team personnel would also be housed at the facility. Practices would take place at the site, and all of the eating would be done there as well.
One of the biggest advantages of choosing this complex to finish out the season is that outside guests will not have access to the resort. The entire NBA would be gathered at the Wide World of Sports Complex, and they would not be allowed to leave for the remainder of the season.
The NBA Board of Governors is set to meet on Friday to discuss more plans and provide teams with return-to-play details. Teams are expected to begin calling their players back to their home markets on June 1.
It is unclear if the league is planning on finishing out the rest of the regular season schedule, or heading straight into the playoffs. It is expected that all teams will report to the complex, and they will all compete in some capacity.
FanDuel Odds to Win 2020 NBA Championship
FanDuel Sportsbook has not taken down their odds to win the 2020 NBA Championship since the shutdown began, and there should be plenty of action at the sportsbook in the next few weeks. While more details emerge as to how the rest of the season will play out, the odds will likely be updated.
The Milwaukee Bucks currently have the best record in the NBA, and they are the betting favorites to win the NBA championship. A pair of teams from Los Angeles is next on the list. Here are the 2020 Odds to win the NBA Championship:
- Milwaukee Bucks +240
- Los Angeles Lakers +270
- LA Clippers +340
- Houston Rockets +1200
- Boston Celtics +2000
- Toronto Raptors +2400
- Denver Nuggets +2500
- Miami Heat +2700
- Philadelphia 76ers +2700
- Utah Jazz +2900
- Dallas Mavericks +3600
- Brooklyn Nets +6000
- All Other Teams +10000 or Higher
2020 NBA Draft Odds
The 2020 NBA Draft has also been postponed, but it will take place at some point this year. Betting on the NBA Draft has become extremely popular over the last few years, and sportsbooks all have odds listed.
The most popular bet is for the number one overall pick in the draft, and FanDuel Sportsbook has updated its odds for the number one pick. Here are the current odds that you can find at sportsbook:
- Anthony Edwards +100
- James Wiseman +180
- LaMelo Ball +300
- Deni Avidja +550
- Obi Toppin +550
- Tyrese Haliburton +1500
- Cole Anthony +2000
- Killian Hayes +2000
- Onyeka Okongwu +2000
- All Other Players +5000 or Higher