The NBA Playoff Race Heats Up as the Trade Deadline Passes

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With the trade deadline officially behind us, NBA playoff contenders have solidified their rosters for a fight to the finish. The blockbuster trade between the Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers that swapped James Harden for Ben Simmons (and others) has the potential to shake things up in the Eastern Conference. The Suns made a few depth moves in Phoenix to bolster their championship aspirations, but perhaps the most surprising news out of the Western Conference is the inaction of the Los Angeles Lakers. A team with pre-season title hopes has floundered in the first half of the season and Russell Westbrook continues to be a shell of his former self on the court. Settle in for a wild second half of the season as teams battle it out across every division for a spot in the postseason. Be sure bet your favorite teams today!

TeamOdds
Orlando Magic
-10000
Oklahoma City Thunder
-10000
Utah Jazz
-10000
Milwaukee Bucks
-10000
Houston Rockets
-10000
Detroit Pistons
-10000
Los Angeles Lakers
-7506
Brooklyn Nets
-5208
Boston Celtics
-2000
Chicago Bulls
-2000
Phoenix Suns
-2000
Golden State Warriors
-2000
Miami Heat
-2000
New York Knicks
-1521
San Antonio Spurs
-1430
Minnesota Timberwolves
-1250
Sacramento Kings
-1250
Denver Nuggets
-1250
Portland Trail Blazers
-1250
Philadelphia 76ers
-1000
Charlotte Hornets
-910
Indiana Pacers
-835
Washington Wizards
-715
Memphis Grizzlies
-670
Toronto Raptors
-555
New Orleans Pelicans
-420
Dallas Mavericks
-420
Atlanta Hawks
-277
Los Angeles Clippers
-242
Cleveland Cavaliers
-158
Cleveland Cavaliers
+124
Los Angeles Clippers
+186
Atlanta Hawks
+210
Dallas Mavericks
+290
New Orleans Pelicans
+290
Toronto Raptors
+380
Memphis Grizzlies
+425
Washington Wizards
+440
Indiana Pacers
+500
Charlotte Hornets
+510
Philadelphia 76ers
+550
Minnesota Timberwolves
+635
Sacramento Kings
+650
Denver Nuggets
+650
Portland Trail Blazers
+650
San Antonio Spurs
+724
New York Knicks
+787
Golden State Warriors
+800
Phoenix Suns
+800
Miami Heat
+800
Chicago Bulls
+800
Boston Celtics
+838
Brooklyn Nets
+1248
Utah Jazz
+1400
Detroit Pistons
+1400
Oklahoma City Thunder
+1400
Orlando Magic
+1400
Milwaukee Bucks
+1400
Houston Rockets
+1400
Los Angeles Lakers
+1400

NBA Standings

Eastern Conference

W-L PCT GB CONF DIV L10 STRK
1
35-20 .636 - 22-12 10-2 6-4 W3
2
35-21 .625 0.5 21-16 7-3 8-2 W4
3
34-21 .618 1.0 23-13 7-3 6-4 W1
4
34-21 .618 1.0 19-11 6-3 7-3 W3
5
32-22 .593 2.5 18-13 4-6 6-4 L1
6
30-23 .566 4.0 21-14 5-5 8-2 W7
7
31-25 .554 4.5 22-14 6-6 8-2 W6
8
29-25 .537 5.5 20-10 6-2 1-9 L9
9
28-28 .500 7.5 18-17 5-6 2-8 L6
10
26-28 .481 8.5 15-17 6-5 7-3 W1
11
24-29 .453 10.0 17-18 6-6 2-8 L2
12
24-31 .436 11.0 14-21 4-6 2-8 L4
13
19-37 .339 16.5 8-27 2-9 2-8 L4
14
13-43 .232 22.5 8-30 2-10 5-5 W1
15
12-42 .222 22.5 8-21 3-7 1-9 L5

Western Conference

W-L PCT GB CONF DIV L10 STRK
1
44-10 .815 - 26-7 5-4 9-1 W3
2
41-14 .745 3.5 24-9 8-1 9-1 L1
3
38-18 .679 7.0 27-11 5-4 7-3 W3
4
34-21 .618 10.5 21-11 11-1 5-5 W4
5
32-23 .582 12.5 22-13 10-2 6-4 W3
6
30-24 .556 14.0 17-17 4-8 7-3 W2
7
29-26 .527 15.5 20-18 7-4 7-3 L1
8
27-29 .482 18.0 14-21 4-5 5-5 L2
9
26-30 .464 19.0 14-18 2-7 3-7 L2
10
22-32 .407 22.0 14-17 4-4 6-4 W4
11
22-34 .393 23.0 10-24 1-8 2-8 W1
12
21-36 .368 24.5 15-22 5-7 3-7 W1
13
20-35 .364 24.5 12-20 3-6 3-7 L1
14
17-37 .315 27.0 13-23 3-5 3-7 L3
15
15-39 .278 29.0 7-25 2-8 3-7 L3
FUTURESConsensusCons.
Orlando MagicOrlando Magic
Yes
+1400
No
-10000
Yes+4000
No-100000
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Yes+1400
No-10000
Oklahoma City ThunderOklahoma City Thunder
Yes
+1400
No
-10000
Yes+2000
No-100000
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Yes+1400
No-10000
Utah JazzUtah Jazz
Yes
-10000
No
+1400
Yes-20000
No+4000
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Yes-10000
No+1400
Milwaukee BucksMilwaukee Bucks
Yes
-10000
No
+1400
Yes-10000
No+2000
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Yes-10000
No+1400
Houston RocketsHouston Rockets
Yes
+1400
No
-10000
Yes+4000
No-10000
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Yes+1400
No-10000
Detroit PistonsDetroit Pistons
Yes
+1400
No
-10000
Yes+4000
No-10000
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Yes+1400
No-10000
Los Angeles LakersLos Angeles Lakers
Yes
+1400
No
-7506
Yes+1200
No-5000
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Yes+1500
No-6000
Yes+1400
No-10000
Brooklyn NetsBrooklyn Nets
Yes
-5208
No
+1248
Yes-2000
No+1000
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Yes-3500
No+1200
Yes-10000
No+1300
Boston CelticsBoston Celtics
Yes
-2000
No
+838
Yes-5000
No+1500
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Yes-1800
No+880
Yes-2000
No+800
Chicago BullsChicago Bulls
Yes
-2000
No
+800
Yes-10000
No+2500
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Yes-2000
No+800
Phoenix SunsPhoenix Suns
Yes
-2000
No
+800
Yes-10000
No+4000
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Yes-2000
No+800
Golden State WarriorsGolden State Warriors
Yes
-2000
No
+800
Yes-20000
No+4000
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Yes-2000
No+800
Miami HeatMiami Heat
Yes
-2000
No
+800
Yes-5000
No+1500
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Yes-2000
No+800
New York KnicksNew York Knicks
Yes
+787
No
-1521
Yes+2000
No-10000
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Yes+1600
No-6000
Yes+500
No-835
San Antonio SpursSan Antonio Spurs
Yes
+724
No
-1430
Yes+750
No-1250
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Yes+820
No-1800
Yes+700
No-1430
Minnesota TimberwolvesMinnesota Timberwolves
Yes
-1250
No
+635
Yes-1000
No+650
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Yes-1250
No+710
Yes-1250
No+620
Sacramento KingsSacramento Kings
Yes
+650
No
-1250
Yes+1100
No-2500
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Yes+650
No-1250
Denver NuggetsDenver Nuggets
Yes
-1250
No
+650
Yes-1000
No+550
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Yes-1250
No+650
Portland Trail BlazersPortland Trail Blazers
Yes
+650
No
-1250
Yes+200
No-270
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Yes+1260
No-4000
Yes+650
No-1250
Philadelphia 76ersPhiladelphia 76ers
Yes
-1000
No
+550
Yes-1000
No+1500
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Yes-1000
No+550
Charlotte HornetsCharlotte Hornets
Yes
+510
No
-910
Yes+500
No-700
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Yes+630
No-1100
Yes+510
No-910
Indiana PacersIndiana Pacers
Yes
+500
No
-835
Yes+1200
No-5000
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Yes+500
No-835
Washington WizardsWashington Wizards
Yes
+440
No
-715
Yes+285
No-425
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Yes+440
No-715
Memphis GrizzliesMemphis Grizzlies
Yes
-670
No
+425
Yes-5000
No+1600
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Yes-670
No+425
Toronto RaptorsToronto Raptors
Yes
-555
No
+380
Yes-2500
No+1100
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Yes-4000
No+1260
Yes-275
No+200
New Orleans PelicansNew Orleans Pelicans
Yes
+290
No
-420
Yes+290
No-375
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Yes+310
No-430
Yes+290
No-420
Dallas MavericksDallas Mavericks
Yes
-420
No
+290
Yes-2000
No+800
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Yes-420
No+290
Atlanta HawksAtlanta Hawks
Yes
+210
No
-277
Yes+200
No-250
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Yes+205
No-260
Yes+215
No-295
Los Angeles ClippersLos Angeles Clippers
Yes
-242
No
+186
Yes-450
No+310
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Yes-250
No+198
Yes-235
No+175
Cleveland CavaliersCleveland Cavaliers
Yes
-158
No
+124
Yes-185
No+150
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Yes-162
No+130
Yes-155
No+118

Reactions

We're just a week away from the All-Star break and we've got a lot of surprising team performances throughout the NBA. 

Most Surprising: Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cavs have shocked just about everybody in the league this season, thanks to the stellar play of first-time All-Star Darius Garland, Jarrett Allen and Co. Cleveland is stunningly a Top 4 seed in the East -- higher than the Philadelphia 76ers, Boston Celtics and even the Brooklyn Nets. They've already cashed their over/under win total from the preseason!

Biggest Disappointment: Los Angeles Lakers

The Lakers just lost to a Damion Lillard-less, C.J. McCollum-less Portland Trail Blazers team despite LeBron James and Anthony Davis both taking the court. LA has officially hit rock bottom, and to make matter worse, they won't be able to do much at the trade deadline considering their lack of assets and the near impossibility it would be to ship out Russell Westbrook's contract. They're barely hanging on at 26-30 and the No. 9 seed in the West, which means they'd have to play two potential play-in games before making the playoffs.

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