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  • Williams' Strip Club Visit Costs Him 10 Days
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  • 2020 NBA Championship Odds

We’re just days away from the official restart of the 2020 NBA season and know these three things to be fact:

Well, at least those Magic City chicken wings are reportedly banging. In case you missed it, reigning Sixth Man of the Year Lou Williams was placed in a 10-day quarantine after the league learned he left the Orlando bubble to travel to Atlanta and chow down on some strip club wings. In most instances, the previous sentence would be viewed as pure sensationalism. However, if you follow the NBA closely, Williams’ brief escapade falls in line with the league’s regularly scheduled drama.

At +300, or 3-to-1, Bovada has pegged Williams’ Clippers squad with the third-best championship odds behind LeBron’s Lakers and Giannis’ Bucks. This is probably why former player-turned-commentator Kendrick Perkins engaged in a passive-aggressive critique of Williams’ life choices in the days leading up to the restart of the season.

Perhaps more fascinating than Magic City’s social media-generated Michelin rating were those who came to the defense of Williams in the wake of negative criticism.

It’s worth noting that Sacramento Kings center Richaun Holmes was also recently placed under a 10-day quarantine for traveling outside the Orlando bubble when he, too, went on a food run. He did not, however, travel to an Atlanta gentlemen’s club to pick up wings. Holmes simply traveled one street too far.

Odds to Get Caught Leaving Orlando Bubble Next

While Williams endures his 10-day timeout, bookmakers are no doubt busy cooking up some odds on the next NBA player to get caught leaving the league’s Disney World campus bubble. It should come as no surprise that, unlike Lou, the favorites are most likely some of the NBA’s loudest and more colorful personalities.

Those odds are coming soon.

Odds to Win the 2020 NBA Championship

As we mentioned off the top, the Los Angeles Lakers remain the favorites to win the 2020 NBA Championship at +200, or 2-to-1. Team point guard Rajon Rondo fractured his thumb recently, but head coach Frank Vogel believes he should be able to return in time for the playoffs.

If you’ve caught any of the NBA reboot scrimmages over the past week, you know Giannis picked up right where he left off including 30 points in a loss to the Pelicans Monday night. Even with the potential asterisk, the Greek Freak is gunning for an NBA Championship this fall. Milwaukee’s odds to win it all are +280 as of July 28.

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Lou Williams will miss the first two “seeding” games, also known as the eight-game lead up to the 2020 NBA Playoffs. However, with Kawhi Leonard and Paul George well-rested, there shouldn’t be a need for any load management in the coming weeks. The Clippers are 3-to-1 to win it all.

The other seven squads that make up the top 10 favorites to win the NBA title possess odds 12-to-1 or worse. It’s a case of the haves and have nots.

Though they aren’t in the mix, Zion Williamson’s Pelicans are 100-to-1 to shock the world and win it all. The phenom was granted special permission to leave the Orlando bubble during the scrimmage portion of the reboot. So, we haven’t seen him play since March. Though pictures show the big man has added muscle during the pandemic, it’ll all come down to his conditioning on the court to see where he’s at in his rookie year development.

Team Odds to win NBA Championship (7/28/20)
Lakers +200
Bucks +280
Clippers +300
Celtics +1200
Rockets +1400
Raptors +1600
Sixers +2000
Nuggets +3000
Mavericks +4000
Heat +4000

Ryan Fowler

Ryan has covered sports on every media platform over the past 17+ years. The first seven years of his professional career were spent as a sports anchor and reporter at various local television stations, while he picked up side gigs as a freelance sports columnist and recurring radio guest before he decided to jump to the web. As content manager of sports simulation website WhatIfSports.com and senior editor of FOXSports.com's fantasy baseball and football coverage for the better part of this decade, Ryan embraces advanced metrics, trends, and outside-the-box angles to find his edge. You can follow him on Twitter @FreelanceFowler.

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