Tobias Harris Trade Boosts 76ers’ Title Odds, Hurts Raptors
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- On Tuesday, the Clippers traded Tobias Harris to the 76ers as part of a six-player trade.
- As a result, Philadelphia's title odds moved from 16-1 to 10-1, while the Clippers' fell from 300-1 to 1000-1.
- The Raptors were one of two other teams that saw their odds moved, as Philly's new addition has dropped Toronto from 8-1 to 10-1.
Last night, the 76ers and Clippers got some work done ahead of the trade deadline, agreeing to a deal that sent Tobias Harris to Philadelphia.
Last week, the Knicks and Mavericks made a major trade, sending Kristaps Porzingis to Dallas, but given the two teams’ standings, it really had no impact on NBA title odds. This trade is different.
With the 76ers actually capable of at least making the NBA Finals, their odds have improved following the deal. Meanwhile, the Clippers went from little chance to no chance after dealing their leading scorer.
- 76ers: 16-1 to 10-1
- Clippers: 300-1 to 1000-1
They weren’t the only two teams that saw their odds changed since Monday, though.
- Raptors: 8-1 to 10-1
- Rockets: 14-1 to 16-1
Toronto, which had been tied with Boston at 8-1, has dropped back to 10-1. Ironically, they just beat the 76ers by 12 in Philadelphia last night, though Philly was a bit short-handed. The Celtics remain the favorites from the East to win the title at 8-1.
Though Houston wasn’t directly impacted by this trade, its odds have also dipped back a bit. No other teams’ odds have changed since the deal.
Harris is expected to slide right into the starting lineup as the power forward, taking Wilson Chandler’s spot. Their starting lineup will likely be Ben Simmons, JJ Redick, Jimmy Butler, Harris and Joel Embiid going forward.
Harris’s 20.9 points per game and 43.4% shooting from 3-point land this season are both career highs.
Odds via Westgate