The blockbuster trade between the Celtics and Cavs centering around Kyrie Irving and Isaiah Thomas was apparently so big it affected the Washington Wizards' odds to win the 2017-18 NBA title.
The sportsbook Bovada released new betting odds for the NBA season and the Cavs and Celtics weren't the only team in the East that changed. So did the Wizards, who saw their chances drop from 40/1 to 50/1.
Here is how it all has shaken out following the trade:
If the number is in red, that means the odds got worse from the last Bovada release. Blue means they got better. As you see, the Wizards dropped and so did the Milwaukee Bucks, while the Sixers improved their standing. Why the Wizards dropped is anyone's guess. Evidently Bovada sees the Cavs and Celtics as having further solidified their standing as the top two teams in the East.
Based on that measure, sportsbooks appear to think the Celtics were better served in the short-term by this deal, seeing how their odds got better while the Cavs' got worse. The Wizards, meanwhile, remain with the eighth-best odds in the NBA and the third-best odds in the Eastern Conference.
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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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