The NBA trading deadline passed last Thursday, and there were small waves in the market but no seismic shifts at the top of the bet.
The trading period has two main effects on bettors. It offers the opportunity to bet on an NBA futures bet with perceived value. It is also important to remember that some of these teams involved in futures contracts may mix their lineup to suit players. Bettors should pay close attention to whether the new team rotations are successful.
The Bucks made no move on the cut-off date and were William Hill's 14/5 second favorite to win the NBA title. Milwaukee would like to add Marvin Williams, who is currently being bought out of his current contract with the Hornets.
The Lakers, the 8/5 title favorites, were also on the cutoff date, but their Staples Center cousins, the Clippers, added Marcus Morris in a triple deal with the Knicks and Wizards. Morris had an average of 19 career highlights with the Knicks this season. The Clippers acquired him for two reasons: defense and keeping him away from the Lakers who refused to take Kyle Kuzma to New York. The Morris deal made the clippers drop slightly from +320 to 3/1. Both clubs in Los Angeles meet with Point Guard Darren Collison, who would be a good 3-point shooter and substitute Point Guard from the bank.
The clippers' collective team identity remains a bit questionable – they rarely had Paul George and Kawhi Leonard on the floor at the same time. However, they are full of talents and the market seems to think they can flip the switch to playoff time.
Both the Clippers and the Lakers could be vulnerable to the Rockets' "small ball" approach of spreading the ground and throwing many 3's. The Clippers are also still looking for a defense in the depths that can include the great Nuggets man Nikola Jokic.
Speaking of missiles, they're 15/1 in William Hill. With the trade with Clint Capela and the takeover of Robert Covington, another "3-and-D" type, the Rockets did not start a player who was bigger than
6-foot-6 in their 121-111 victory over the Lakers on Thursday evening. However, they were blown up in a duel of 127-91 on Friday night in Phoenix.
Houston is the ultimate boom-or-bust team in the Western Conference and may have the value of winning the West 15/2. The missiles can be used by teams with good post players (i.e., Denver), and Anthony Davis from the Lakers can put large numbers against them, but he's not a post player who inevitably overwhelms the competition.
The nuggets could arouse a bit longer interest at 25/1. Remember that they were only a quarter before last season's Western Conference final and are currently in third place, although they were recently an M * A * S * H unit with recent injuries.
The pecking order remains relatively the same in the Eastern Conference. The bucks remain the favorites, followed by the Celtics (18/1) and Sixers (20/1).
The biggest climbers were the Heat, whose chances of winning were reduced from 35/1 to 20/1. Heat President Pat Riley is 74 years old and is likely to near the end of his career in this role. He acquired Andre Iguodala, who is a flip side of his career at 36 but may have some influence as a winner and key figure in the Warriors' championship teams. Jae Crowder and Solomon Hill are also "3-and-D" men who have played in major playoff series and offer some experience to a team with a star in Jimmy Butler and some young men. The players who added them are much better than what they gave up (the often injured Justise Winslow and two players who welcomed Dion Walters and James Johnson), but how they fit in remains to be seen.
Though there were some waves on the NBA futures market, the chalk remains the chalk at the beginning of the season (Bucks, Lakers, Clippers) to win the Larry O & # 39; Brien Trophy.