Los Angeles Clippers
So you’ve traded about a thousand future first round picks, a likely repeat of all the stars to Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and a quality starter to Danilo Gallinari and you’re one of the best bets to win the NBA title. You would feel pretty good, notwithstanding the enormous cost of acquiring Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. Well, not if you’ve lost 50% of your shot on the titles you covet so much that you’ve abandoned the biggest war chest in league history for a crack. But if 2019-20 ends here, the Clippers will have only one more season to gain before Leonard and George can decide to withdraw from their contracts and go elsewhere. Now, would the two Los Angeles natives really be released after realizing their dreams of going home? Maybe not, but with Leonard, everyone knows that anything is possible. Losing this season would be really bad for the Steve Ballmer franchise.
the Los Angeles Lakers
The NBA marquee franchise was up and running, with an ageless wonder and a new-age superstar in mind. They had emerged as the betting favorite to bring Los Angeles its first NBA championship in a decade. LeBron James was aiming for a fifth MVP award and Anthony Davis was at the height of his powers, playing at a level close to MVP itself. The embarrassing six-year drought in the playoffs was about to end and, rallying behind the tragic death of Kobe Bryant, the players seemed very motivated to honor the franchise icon. How do you bet against James and Davis in a playoff series? But do you also feel confident next year, when James turns 36? He can only maintain this superhuman act for so long. Father Tims makes sure of it. In addition, there is the fact that Davis has not made a long-term commitment to the Lakers. A 2019-2020 title could have done a lot to get this deal written in stone.
NHL leaders in points (even with a 0-7 penalty shootout record), wins, goal differential and least goals against are absolute behemoths. The Bruins have one of the best hockey lines, one of the best goalies and defensive bodies, and most importantly, are tested in battle. They would be the favorites of the Stanley Cup, and for good reason. Losing the Cup final in seven games was hard enough. Aren’t you lucky enough to bounce back with the team to do it? Now it’s just cruel. In addition, a large part of the veteran nucleus that so well complements the young stallions is approaching the end of its peak, or completely out of it (we are watching you, Zdeno Chara).
When you have the best player in the NBA, you have to take every opportunity to keep him happy. Especially when Giannis Antetokounmpo can choose to leave in the summer of 2021 if he refuses to accept a bunch of additional millions to do so. The Bucks missed a glorious chance of winning it all last season when the Raptors rallied 2-0 against them in the Eastern Conference finals, but returned with revenge, leading the league with a record 53-12. A 17-0 final would have made the Bucks the third team to win 70 games, and although that did not happen, Milwaukee was again a solid title contender, with legs younger than the Los Angeles teams. . No return to the NBA until 2020-2021 would mean the franchise would be cut to one season to convince Antetokounmpo to stay long term.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
If your quarterback turns 43 in August, your team is on borrowed time, even if your quarterback is the great Tom Brady. Tampa Bay is generally a reflection of the NFL. The franchise has only played the playoffs 10 times, winning in only six of these 15 post-season games (three of them in a surprising 2002 Super Bowl run) and none appearance since 2007. It was their chance to be relevant for once. Vegas had them with the sixth best Super Bowl odds (tied with a few other teams) and when was the last time this happened? Brady made the buzz with his signature of 50 million US dollars over two years and raised great expectations. It was going to be one of the must-have stories of the season. If that doesn’t happen, half of that $ 50 million will go up in smoke for the Bucs and they’ll only have Brady on contract for one more season, one when he turns 44. Tampa Bay also added boyfriend Brady and best target Rob Gronkowski. While we’re here, wasting a year would be zero for Bill Belichick and New England, who want to prove that Brady had little to do with all of their success.
Kansas City chefs
Defending Super Bowl champions are favorites to win the NFL title again. Winning last year would certainly help ease the pain of not having a chance to repeat (so maybe the San Francisco 49ers, who played a big game but brought in a great list, should be here at the place), but when you have the best player in the league, who would most agree with quarterback Patrick Mahomes, you want to maximize your chances of winning rings. You never want to waste them, because injuries can occur (Mahomes himself was struck), other powers can emerge and certain members of the list – notably the tight star Travis Kelce – get a little older (like it’s the case). head coach Andy Reid, who is 62 and eventually won his first Super Bowl after so many years of grief. The Chiefs had done everything for 2020, with higher cap commitments than any other team.
Los Angeles Dodgers
Of course, they haven’t given up much for superstar Mookie Betts, but if he never plays for the Dodgers (a possibility, since he’s only under contract until 2020), suddenly, c is a terrible deal for the Dodgers. In addition, they have 12 players aged 32 or older, many of whom are pitch personnel. It’s been over 30 years since the team’s last World Series win. It’s been one of the best teams in Major League Baseball for years, but it has never gone beyond the top. That could have changed in 2020. The New York Yankees are another team (and the only one that Vegas likes more than the Dodgers) with an aging roster (although they also have a lot of quality youngsters) and a huge payroll who had a good shot at breaking his own World Series drought (although theirs has only been since 2009).
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If COVID-19 had never happened, the 2020 Astros season would have been pretty crappy for the players. They would have been booed at every stop because of the cheating scandal, which was one of the biggest things in the sporting world before it all happened.
Boston Red Sox
They gave Mookie Betts, enraging their huge fan base, but if the season does not happen and Betts becomes a free agent without ever having played for another team, will the Sox supporters always be in the arms? Eight AL teams have higher World Series odds than Boston. You don’t see that often.
Toronto Maple Leafs
Flashy and powerful, of course, but also porous defensively, inconsistent in goal and lacking in physique, the Leafs were preparing for another disappointing playoff round. They were finally going to avoid the Bruins in the first round, but had the lowest points from the Eastern playoffs, scored less than all but four and faced the Tampa Bay Lightning. Tampa had a “waning” year after posting the fourth highest number of points in its season last season, but was still tied for third in the NHL and at the top of the goal standings. Not really an easy task.
Detroit Red Wings
The off season can’t come soon enough for the Wings, the worst NHL team in miles and miles. The penultimate Ottawa had 23 points above the surprisingly low level of Detroit 39 and the Wings had a goal differential of -122, compared to -52 for Ottawa. It is already enough to launch the lottery (especially since Sportsnet reported that the NHL could guarantee the Wings a choice among the 2 best in the event of format change).
Golden state warriors
The most recent NBA dynastic franchise has treated 2019-20 like a Mulligan roughly since Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson were injured in the NBA Finals last June. They rested Stephen Curry longer than they would have done when he also injured himself at the start of the season and had the worst NBA record when the hiatus started. They traded for Andrew Wiggins and might have liked to see him play a few games alongside Curry, but the goal is to return to good health in 2020-21, perhaps with the No. 1 pick.