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The NBA trade deadline is finally over and as the dust settles, we've seen a massive championship odds shift across the league.


The Philadelphia 76ers got Tobias Harris and dealt Markelle Fultz to the Orlando Magic, the Toronto Raptors traded for Marc Gasol, and Anthony Davis remained in New Orleans. The Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings and Portland Trail Blazers all made moves as well. 


So who do the odds think were the real winners of the trade deadline? According to FanDuel Sportsbook, there are quite a few answers to that question. 

The Charlotte Hornets had a potential trade for Marc Gasol in the works and had that gone through, this sort of shift would make sense, but it fell apart and Gasol went to Toronto. So,  Charlotte didn't make any moves and the Hornets' odds improved.


The Hornets jumped all the way up to +25000, which is still a huge longshot, but that jump might also have something to do with the fact that multiple teams were eliminated from contention in the odds at the same time. 

The 76ers made one of the biggest moves of the deadline when they traded for Tobias Harris and Mike Scott from the Los Angeles Clippers. The move gives them a player whose style fits perfectly with the players Philadelphia already has. 


They also got rid of Markelle Fultz in a trade for Jonathan Simmons and received a potential first-round pick in the process. It was an all-around great deadline for Philadelphia and the 76ers rightfully deserved a bump in the odds. 

The Warriors saw a small odds increase as they continue to win and with a couple Western Conference teams punting on the season, and Golden State just tightened its grip a little bit more. 


But the real winners of the NBA trade deadline were the Bucks and 76ers, even if the odds suggest it was the Hornets and Jazz.


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