NBA free agency is ongoing but some of the league’s biggest stars have already changed teams. How have the NBA title odds changed since the start free agency?
The Timberwolves odds were cut in half after acquiring Jimmy Butler from the Chicago Bulls. Minnesota went from 100/1 to 50/1, tied 8th best in the league.
The Chris Paul trade was significant for Houston. The Rockets had to give up Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams, Sam Dekker and a 2018 first round pick but the team’s title odds improved from 20/1 to 10/1. Can Paul and James Harden, two ball-dominant guards coexist?
Paul George has said he wants to play for the Los Angeles Lakers next season. This started the George sweepstakes, which the Thunder surprisingly won. With Russell Westbrook and the former Pacers star, OKC jumped from 66/1 to 25/1 to win its first championship.
Boston finally made a move and signed Gordon Hayward. Adding the 2017 All-Star keeps the Celtics among the title contenders. If Danny Ainge was more aggressive and traded for Butler or George we might be talking about Boston as the favorite in the East.
All of these moves and many more were made by teams in an attempt to catch the Warriors and Cavs, who remain the clear favorites among the oddsmakers. Barring an unforeseen trade or injury, the odds should remain unchanged until the start of the season.
Here is how the odds have changed since the end of the playoffs, before the start of free agency and the most updated odds courtesy of Bovada.lv.
|Golden State Warriors||2/3||4/7||2/3|
|San Antonio Spurs||12/1||14/1||12/1|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||66/1||66/1||25/1|
|Los Angeles Clippers||33/1||66/1||66/1|
|New Orleans Pelicans||100/1||100/1||100/1|
|Los Angeles Lakers||100/1||66/1||100/1|
|New York Knicks||100/1||150/1||150/1|
|Portland Trail Blazers||100/1||150/1||150/1|