The Brooklyn Nets made one of the most stunning trades in the history of the National Basketball Association. By acquiring James Harden, the Nets became the second choice to win the title. Check out how the Harden trade changed NBA Championship odds for most NBA Title contenders.
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2020 NBA Championship Odds
- L.A. Lakers +260
- L.A. Clippers +650
- Milwaukee Bucks +650
- Golden State Warriors +4000
- Boston Celtics +1600
- Brooklyn Nets +300
- Miami Heat +2500
- Toronto Raptors +4000
- Denver Nuggets +2200
- Houston Rockets +10000
- Philadelphia 76ers +1700
- Dallas Mavericks +2500
- Portland Trail Blazers +5000
- New Orleans Pelicans +5000
- Utah Jazz +1800
- Phoenix Suns +2800
- Oklahoma City Thunder +10000
- Atlanta Hawks +8000
- Chicago Bulls +25000
- Indiana Pacers +5000
- Memphis Grizzlies +2000
- Washington Wizards +15000
- Minnesota Timberwolves +20000
- Orlando Magic +12500
- San Antonio Spurs +7000
- Sacramento Kings +15000
- Cleveland Cavaliers +20000
- Detroit Pistons +50000
- New York Knicks +10000
- Charlotte Hornets +25000
Odds on Nets drop in half after trade for James Harden
In less than four days, the odds on the Brooklyn Nets to win the 2021 NBA Title went from +600 to +300. Why? Brooklyn, amazingly, won the James Harden Sweepstakes.
The Beard takes his 26.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 10.9 assists per game averages to the Nets where he’ll play with top dog Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. Harden has already paid dividends.
The Nets have won the first 2 games with Harden on the floor. They beat the Orlando Magic 122-115 and the Milwaukee Bucks 125-123.
For The Beard’s former squad, things have gone the other way. Houston’s odds to win the title went from +2800 to +10000. Don’t cry for Houston, though.
For shipping Harden, the Rockets got Brooklyn’s 2022, 2024, and 2026 first-round picks. They also got Milwaukee’s 2022 first-rounder and four future pick swap options with the Nets. That’s a lot of first round pick currency Houston landed.
If things don’t work out for Brooklyn this season, if they don’t win a title, they could be staring at multiple seasons of futility. The Rockets, meanwhile, have the picks to lay the seeds for a years of success.
Boston’s odds to win title drop after climbing to first place in the East
Milwaukee’s odds climbed to +650 from +500. The reason? Brooklyn traded for James Harden. Also, Kyrie Irving returned to the Nets after taking off three games.
The Lakers became more of a favorite than they were last week. The odds fell from Lakers +270 to LAL +260. Although it was only a slight downward move, the change in odds speaks volumes. It reflects the fact that Harden no longer suits up for a Western Conference squad.
The Clippers saw a slight odds rise from +600 to +650. The 76ers’ odds rose to +1700 from +1400.
The Harden trade changed odds for contenders like Milwaukee and Philadelphia. Both offer overlay odds because although the Nets should take a title with Harden, nothing is for certain in the NBA.
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