Houston Rockets have decent odds for 2020 NBA title

James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets handles the ball against the Golden State Warriors (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets handles the ball against the Golden State Warriors (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images) /

As we head into the offseason, the current title odds for next year’s 2020 NBA title have been released. The Houston Rockets, as per usual, are fairly high up on the list of teams.

The Houston Rockets finished the season in disappointing fashion, losing to the Golden State Warriors in the second round of the playoffs. They recovered well overall after a tough start to the season that saw them at 11-14 in December.

The Rockets had a chance for the No. 2 seed and would likely still be playing today if they would have won their last game of the regular season against the Thunder. The Rockets were the second-best team in the conference, but just ran into the dynasty a round earlier than what should have happened.

Houston would likely be favored against any other team in the West and most every team in the East in a seven-game series. The only teams, in my opinion, that are better are the Warriors and the Bucks.

That’s why it isn’t very surprising that the Rockets still have decent odds for the title next year. According to Vegas, they currently are +1200 to win the championship in 2020 (which still aren’t fantastic odds compared to the Warriors and Bucks).

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The Rockets are tied for the third-best odds with the Los Angeles Clippers and New York Knicks. The Clips probably have these odds as they have room for two max contracts this summer and are expected to go after some serious talent to add to their already-solid team. The Knicks similarly have that open room and are expected to make a run at Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.

The Eastern Conference trio of the Celtics, Raptors, and Sixers are right behind the Rockets at +1500. These three should stay in contention for quite awhile and will be players in the East next season, likely.

The Rockets are gonna look to make some moves this summer that could increase their odds of bringing home a title to Houston. Fertitta has given Morey the okay to spend into the luxury tax big, so I’d assume that’s exactly what they will do. Will they go after big name stars like Jimmy Butler and Anthony Davis? Will they try to bolster up the roster as a whole to be deeper? We’ll have to see this offseason!

Next. Should the Rockets trade into the draft?

We’ll keep you covered here on any potential moves, so be sure to stay tuned!