Updated Odds to Win 2019-20 NBA Championship Following Russell Westbrook to Rockets
By Leo Abbe-Schneider
Kawhi Leonard and Paul George have both agreed to join the Los Angeles Clippers. Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant are now members of the Brooklyn Nets. All of the big names in the NBA were finally settled.
Or so we thought.
The league that never sleeps was shaken up dramatically once again last night, as the Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder agreed to a trade centered around Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook.
FanDuel Sporstbook was quick to update odds to win the 2019-20 NBA title. The Houston Rockets immediately moved from having the sixth-best odds to win the title (+1500) to the fourth best (+800) following the acquisition of Westbrook.
The Oklahoma City Thunder, on the other hand, saw their odds to win the title decrease from +6500 to +16000 after swapping their best player out for CP3. This should come as no surprise, as the main goal of this trade for the Thunder appears to be stockpiling more draft picks as opposed to improving their team in the short term.
While this deal did very little to change the top three favorites to win next year's title, the Rockets have clearly improved and deserve to be taken seriously as a contender following the trade.
After acquiring Westbrook, the Rockets now have two of the league's last three NBA MVPs. Expectations are high in Houston, and they should be.
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