It took the Nuggets 47 years to win the franchise’s first NBA championship. Looking at the 2024 NBA title futures just released, Denver could get its second title much faster than that.
The Nuggets opened last night as +500 favorites to capture the 2024 NBA title, followed by the Celtics and Bucks at +550 apiece. Denver has already been moved to +400, with the Celtics still at +550 and the Bucks rising to +650.
We asked Head of Trading Kevin Lawler why Denver is the favorite to repeat.
“The Nuggets have proven beyond doubt that they are the best team in basketball. They won 16 of 20 games in the postseason, with a player who appears head and shoulders above any rival in the league. If they can retain Bruce Brown, they will essentially bring every key player back and this can be a potential dynasty with a starting average age of 27. Meanwhile, both Boston and Milwaukee have major question marks heading into the offseason.”
THE LINES: Panthers (+175 ML) @ Golden Knights (-216 ML); Total 5.5 (Over -131/Under +110)
PUCK DROP: 8 p.m. ET
KEY FACTS: The selfless play of Jonathan Marchessault (4 goals, 3 assists) and Jack Eichel (5 assists) have Vegas primed to lift the Cup. Despite Sergei Bobrovsky’s bounce-back effort in Game 4, Florida’s offense wasn’t able to create many opportunities to fall behind 3-1 in the series.
TRENDING: Florida hasn’t been able to get quality minutes out of its best player, Matthew Tkachuk, who is listed on the injury report ahead of tonight’s game. The Knights ⚔️ have now won 35 straight playoff games when they score 3 goals.
MAKING MOVES: It’s rare to see an odds shift this massive in the Stanley Cup Final. Vegas opened as -155 chalk, and has gone all the way to -216. Florida, on the other hand, has swung from +130 to +175. The total has dropped from 6 to 5.5, though the over is juiced at -131.
Phil Mickelson may be a happy camper right now, but his U.S. Open odds have worsened over the past day from +20000 to +30000.
A 2022 U.S. Open Matt Fitzpatrick ticket paid handsomely (+2500). But with the event moving from Beantown to Hollywood, we’re shooting for the stars ⭐.
Here are some longshots in the mold of 2019 winner Gary Woodland (+11000, i.e. 110/1).
• Patrick Reed (+8000): Perennially undervalued, it seems, because no one wants him to win ❌. Has a mediocre U.S. Open track record despite his tidy short game.
• Sahith Theegala (+10000): Super-talented young fella who crushes it on the West Coast (T6 at the Genesis, among other strong finishes).
• Nick Taylor (+20000): We know he’s good from 72 feet under pressure.
• Eric Cole (+25000): Dude won 56 (not a typo) times on the mini-tours and has shown flashes of greatness among the best—notably a playoff loss at the Honda, an opening 67 at the PGA Championship and a closing 63 Sunday in Toronto.
• Phil Mickelson (+30000): Shot 65 to close out the Masters and that’s when he still operated in the shame zone. Now he feels empowered and cocky.
• Adam Hadwin (+30000): If he wins, fellow Canadian Taylor better run to the 72nd green with champagne. And get tackled.
• Adam Schenk (+30000): Lost in a playoff at the Schwab. Finished T7 at the Memorial. Still needs a name change.
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