Houston Rockets Past Philly as New Favorite to Land LeBron James

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Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports Pictured: Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) and Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13)

The Highlights

  • In February, the Cavaliers were +300 favorites to keep LeBron James in Cleveland next season.
  • One week ago, updated odds suggested that the Philadelphia 76ers had leapfrogged the Cavs as the most likely landing spot for James.
  • The Houston Rockets (+150) have jumped to the top of the list, making a LeBron, Chris Paul and James Harden super team a real possibility. 

As recently as last week, the Philadelphia 76ers were the favorites to land LeBron James next season.

However, over the last seven days Houston has rocketed to the top of the list, establishing itself as the new favorite to land LeBron’s services for the 2018-19 season.


The table below includes current odds for King James’ next landing spot, as well as how they’ve changed since February:

After Houston opened +350 back on Feb. 1, the Rockets’ odds have steadily improved to +150 to land LeBron. Philadelphia, the favorite just one week ago, has slipped to +300, but is still among the most likely options.

Cleveland’s hopes of retaining its star have dropped from +175 to +350, and the team’s supporting cast certainly isn’t doing much to convince LeBron to stay so far in the NBA Finals.

San Antonio has also quietly snuck into the picture with the fifth-best odds at +1200. The Spurs were not previously listed as an option for this prop, indicating they’re becoming a real player to score LeBron’s services next season.

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