How Russell Westbrook’s Trade To Lakers Has Altered 2022 NBA Championship Odds
Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images. Pictured: Russell Westbrook, Dennis Schroder.
- Russell Westbrook will head to the Lakers for Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Montrezl Harrell and the 22nd overall pick.
- The Lakers' odds to win the 2022 NBA Championship have shortened from +650 to +450.
- Those odds went as low as +375 before settling at its current mark.
With the news on Thursday that the Lakers have finalized a deal to acquire Russell Westbrook, betting odds for Los Angeles to win the 2022 NBA Championship shortened considerably.
The Lakers’ odds to win it all moved to as low as +375 at PointsBet before settling to its current mark at +450. The sportsbook had Los Angeles’ title odds as high as +650 earlier in the day.
Westbrook will now join LeBron James and Anthony Davis for the third “Big Three” iteration of James’ career.
The Brooklyn Nets are still +250 favorites to win it all next season. The Lakers are second-best favorites at their current mark, and the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks are a distant third with +800 odds.
2022 NBA Championship Odds
Odds according to PointsBet as of Thursday night
The Golden State Warriors — who have the seventh and 14th picks in tonight’s NBA Draft, which is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. ET — are tied with the Phoenix Suns for the fourth-best odds to win the title.
The Athletic’s Shams Charania first reported that Kyle Kuzma, Montrezl Harrell and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope would head to D.C. in exchange for Westbrook. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski later added that the 22nd overall pick in this year’s draft would also headed Washington’s way.
Westbrook averaged 22.2 points, an NBA-leading 11.7 assists and 11.5 rebounds over 36.4 minutes per game last season.
His usage rate was eighth in the NBA with 38.7% — just above James, who finished in ninth with 38.6%, according to ESPN. Davis finished 40th in the league with a 32.2% usage rate.