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Sportsbook odds for Wizards to win NBA title going up

Sportsbook odds for Wizards to win NBA title going up

The 28-20 Wizards continue to climb the ladder in the standings and the sportsbook Bovada is taking notice. According to their latest release of betting odds, the Wizards have significantly improved their chance to win the NBA championship.

On Jan. 3, Bovada had the Wizards with the 20th-best odds of winning it all, same as the lowly Los Angeles Lakers. Now, just one month later, the Wizards are tied for the eighth-best odds, same as the Utah Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder.

Here are Bovada's current title odds: 

Golden State Warriors                          5/7
Cleveland Cavaliers                             13/5
San Antonio Spurs                               15/2
Los Angeles Clippers                           14/1
Houston Rockets                                  16/1
Toronto Raptors                                    25/1
Boston Celtics                                      33/1
Oklahoma City Thunder                       66/1
Utah Jazz                                              66/1
Washington Wizards                             66/1

Since the morning of Jan.3, when Bovada put out those odds, the Wizards have gone 12-3. They have moved all the way up to fourth in the East and currently sit just 1 1/2 games out of third and two games out of the No. 2 seed.

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Bovada has the Wizards tied for fourth among teams chasing an Eastern Conference title:

Cleveland Cavaliers                   2/7
Toronto Raptors                         6/1
Boston Celtics                            9/1
Atlanta Hawks                           22/1
Washington Wizards                  22/1

Both of those sets of odds reflect well on the Wizards, but there are a few categories they may feel slighted in. For one, the Wizards have the second-best odds to win their division despite currently sitting in first place ahead of the Hawks. The Wizards, in fact, have not won a division in 37 years which is the longest drought among all NBA teams:

Atlanta Hawks                           10/11
Washington Wizards                  1/1
Charlotte Hornets                       16/1
Miami Heat                            Off the Board
Orlando Magic                       Off the Board

The other category the Wizards may have a bone to pick with is MVP odds. John Wall is now off the board with James Harden, Russell Westbrook, LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard leading the charge.

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Report: Deputy considering lawsuit against Raptors' Masai Ujiri

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Report: Deputy considering lawsuit against Raptors' Masai Ujiri

The sheriff's deputy who allegedly got into an altercation with Raptors president of operations Masai Ujiri has retained a lawyer and is considering filing a lawsuit against the Raptors executive, according to a report. 

David Mastagni, the newly hired attorney, told San Francisco TV station KPIX reporter Katie Nielsen and the Associated Press that the Alameda County sheriff's deputy was unable to work and had a concussion from the incident following the Raptors' NBA championship win at Oracle Arena last week.

Sgt. Ray Kelly told NBC Sports Washington last week that Ujiri wasn't wearing the proper credentials to celebrate with the Raptors on the court at Oracle Arena after his team won the final. When the sheriff's deputy tried to stop him, according to Kelly, he was pushed and struck in the face by Ujiri. 

Ujiri was eventually identified and allowed on the floor. He was seen moments later celebrating with the Raptors players on the ABC broadcast. 

Last week a Raptors spokesperson told NBC Sports Washington that the incident “is being looked at, and we are cooperating with authorities. We look forward to resolving the situation.” When reached on Tuesday, the spokesperson said there was no further comment.

On Tuesday, KPIX's Nielsen reported that Alameda County Sheriff Greg Ahern had reviewed body camera and security camera footage of the incident and supports the deputy. According to the report,  he is recommending the case move forward to the District Attorney for charges of misdemeanor battery of a police officer.

NBC Sports Washington's Ben Standig reported earlier that the Wizards were preparing an offer to try to lure Ujiri from Toronto to take the vacant top position in the team's front office - though Ujiri, while celebrating at the parade in Toronto on Monday, might have hinted that he wasn't interested in leaving quite yet. "We will continue to win in Toronto," he told fans.


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Celtics' Al Horford reportedly will decline option, become unrestricted free agent

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Celtics' Al Horford reportedly will decline option, become unrestricted free agent

Boston big man Al Horford is reportedly not picking up his $30.1 million option with the Celtics for the 2019-20 season, qualifying him as an unrestricted free agent according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Horford is reportedly interested in working out a long-term deal with the Celtics with negotiations beginning after the start of free agency June 30.

The five-time All-Star could help free up some of the Celtics' cap space with a deal under his $30.1 million option.

Horford joined the Celtics in the 2016 offseason, leaving the Atlanta Hawks. At the time, the Wizards had been a contender to sign him before he ultimately chose Boston.