LAS VEGAS – The top two teams in the NBA’s Eastern Conference pulled off a trade on Tuesday that we have never seen before and yet, the odds on either team winning the NBA championship didn’t move much at all.
No pair of 25 PPG scorers have ever swapped teams the following season … until now
Isaiah Thomas/Kyrie Irving
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 22, 2017
The Cleveland Cavaliers sent former number 1 pick overall Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics for a package that included All-Star Isaiah Thomas and Brooklyn’s 2018 1st round pick which Boston controlled.
Never before have we seen two teams that faced off in the Eastern Conference Finals become trade partners of major players the following offseason. Yet, in terms of how Vegas is seeing what the teams did, the response has been pretty muted.
"Despite having two big names involved in the blockbuster trade yesterday, not much has changed in terms of odds as it was essentially a superstar for a superstar," Kevin Bradley, Sportsbook Manager at Bovada said.
"The Cavs drifted slight from 4/1 to 9/2 and the Celtics went from 10/1 to 15/2 to win it all, but as they were already the two frontrunners in the Eastern Conference, it did not change much at all. However, Kyrie Irving went form 50/1 to 15/1 to win MVP as he will be a bigger focal point of their offense giving him a more legitimate chance to win the award.”
After the trade was officially announced, Bovada released new odds on the upcoming NBA season:
2018 NBA Championship – Odds to win
Golden State Warriors – 5/8
Cleveland Cavailers – 9/2
Boston Celtics – 15/2
Houston Rockets – 9/1
San Antonio Spurs – 12/1
Oklahoma City Thunder – 25/1
2018 Eastern Conference – Odds to Win
Cleveland Cavaliers – 5/8
Boston Celtics – 2/1
Washington Wizards – 12/1
Milwaukee Bucks – 16/1
Philadelphia 76ers – 25/1
Toronto Raptors – 33/1
Detroit Pistons – 66/1
Miami Heat – 66/1
— Covers (@Covers) August 23, 2017
Boston Celtics – 2017-2018 Regular Season Wins
Over/Under – 54.5
Cleveland Cavaliers – 2017-2018 Regular Season Wins
Over/Under – 53.5
Will the Cleveland Cavaliers have the First Overall Pick in the 2018 NBA Draft?
Yes +225 (9/4)
No -350 (2/7)