NBA Trade Deadline Damage Assment: 76ers Title Odds Improve as LeBron's Lakers Fall to +3000

Friday, February 8, 2019 5:42 PM UTC

Friday, Feb. 8, 2019 5:42 PM UTC

With one of the busiest NBA trade deadlines in recent history now behind us, we assess the damage as teams jostle for playoff positioning. While all eyes were focused on the Pelicans' Anthony Davis saga, many other teams made significant moves to both poise themselves for contention or free up cap space for future moves. How did sportsbook odds makers respond?

About 16 hours before the trade deadline, Philadelphia acquired notable star player and should’ve been All-Star Tobias Harris from the Los Angeles Clippers, sending a clear message through the Eastern Conference. Clearly in win-now mode after getting Jimmy Butler for young assets and now, Tobias Harris for some of their most coveted draft picks and additional young players, teams around the East rushed to match what the 76ers had done. Just a few hours before the trade deadline ended, Toronto made a trade to get Grizzlies center Marc Gasol, Milwaukee went out and got Nikola Mirotic, and Boston with all of their assets decided to stand-pat but are rumored to be a big player in the buyout market.

As one of the busiest trade deadlines has come and gone, we now are seeing the effects of LeBron leaving the Eastern Conference. Teams clearly feel more confident than they once did and it could be an indicator of moves and trades to come.

For this season, however, the Bucks still look to be in pole position to grab the number one seed in the Eastern Conference given their success, roster continuity and the addition of another underrated stretch big-man in Nikola Mirotic.
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2019 NBA Championship Odds

Team Odds
Golden State Warriors -240
Toronto Raptors +800
Boston Celtics +1200
Philadelphia 76ers +1200
Houston Rockets +1400
Milwaukee Bucks +1400
Oklahoma City Thunder +2500
Denver Nuggets +2800
Los Angeles Lakers +3000
Utah Jazz +5000
San Antonio Spurs +5500
Portland Trailblazers +6000
Charlotte Hornets +9000
Minnesota Timberwolves +10000
Indiana Pacers +10000
Detroit Pistons +10000
Miami Heat +10000
Los Angeles Clippers +12500
Brooklyn Nets +12500
New Orleans Pelicans +15000
Washington Wizards +15000
Dallas Mavericks +15000
Sacramento Kings +15000
Orlando Magic +20000
Memphis Grizzlies +30000
Atlanta Hawks +200000
Phoenix Suns +300000
Cleveland Cavaliers +400000
New York Knicks +400000
Chicago Bulls +400000
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