A month ago the Sportsbook Bovada released their latest betting lines for the NBA season.
The Washington Wizards were not high on their list after all that has transpired in the NBA this off-season.
The team was listed with 50/1 odds to win the championship and third in the East for the 2017-18 season.
Now Bovada has released their odds for all NBA teams to win their respective conference championships. This is coming a day after the Wizards kicked off their training camp for this year. No surprise, the Cleveland Cavaliers were the overwhelming favorites coming in at 2/3, followed by the Boston Celtics and then Washington in third at 12/1.
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These latest odds factor in all transactions this off-season including the latest move by Dwayne Wade to reunite with LeBron James.
Despite the new pieces in place for the Celtics they still face a tough task to take the East back, according to Bovada, as the season transpires.
This is just another oddsmaker that believes that the Cavaliers and Celtics are going to be in firm control of the East this season. Washington has not jumped into the upper tier of the East just yet even with their Eastern Conference Semi-Finals run last season.
Washington is maintaining consistency from last year’s line-up to 2017-18 arguably better than any other team in the NBA. Interestingly enough, the Wizards odds entering training camp are not much higher than the young Milwaukee Bucks who come in at 16/1.
Last season, Washington finished seven games higher than the Bucks including making it one round farther in the NBA Playoffs.
Momentum is building towards Utah Jazz shooting guard Rodney Hood getting dealt before next month's NBA trade deadline. Marc Stein of the New York Times reported on Saturday that multiple teams have already expressed interest in the four-year pro:
Hood, 25, is on an expiring contract and would provide scoring for a team in the market for offense. He's averaging 16.7 points this season on 41.3 percent from the field and 38.6 percent from three.
Hood isn't a very efficient player, but he can stretch the floor. He's also big for his position at 6-foot-8 and is a very good free throw shooter (86.2%).
The Wizards could use help at the shooting guard position with Bradley Beal logging heavy minutes. They have an improved bench after making several upgrades last offseason, but shooting guard Jodie Meeks has yet to establish a consistent role in their rotation due to his low shooting percentage.
The Wizards don't necessarily need offensive help, but Hood could help take pressure off of Beal. He could also play in lineups with both Beal and John Wall.
It's unclear what the Jazz want in return for Hood and whether the Wizards could make a worthy offer. If Utah is taking the longview to build for the future, that could mean a first round pick and the Wizards have already parted with their last two.
Regardless, if the Wizards decide to target shooting guards in the next few weeks, expect Hood's name to come up.
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Do NBA seasons even count if an emergency team meeting hasn't taken place yet?
In what's becomming an annual right of passage for underperforming NBA teams, the Wizards recently held a team meeting to address some of the biggest issues that have been dogging them all year.
While these meetings typically act as motivating springboards that help bring teams together, the Wizards' recent family therapy session might have done the opposite.
Enter John Wall. Wall, who's already publically voiced concerns over the team's (lack of) effort this season, recently spoke about how the meeting might have rubbed some of his teammates the wrong way:
"At our team meeting, I think a couple guys took it in a negative way," Wall said after the team's win in Detroit. "It hurt our team. Instead of using it in a positive way like we did in the past and using it to build our team up, it kind of set us back a bit."
That's certainly not a ringing endorsement from Wall, and definitely not something you want to hear after a team meeting. Currently, however, the Wizards are back to their winning ways, coming off a nice road win in Detroit. So maybe it worked!
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