Last Updated: 2018-02-09
The Cleveland Cavaliers threw away their garbage on Thursday and brought in some new players they hope can get them back to the NBA Finals for the fourth consecutive season before the NBA Trade Deadline. The biggest bust for the Cavs was Isaiah Thomas, who was acquired from the Boston Celtics in the offseason for Kyrie Irving and ended up shooting 36 percent from the field, including 25 percent from 3-point range, in 15 games for them. Thomas was dealt to the Los Angeles Lakers for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr., two young players that should be able to thrive alongside LeBron James.
Cleveland also shipped out Dwyane Wade and Derrick Rose, two former Chicago Bulls who did very little to help the team this year. In fact, Wade, Rose and Thomas all had major issues fitting in and hurt the locker room, something James certainly believes will be resolved with the influx of new blood.
However, the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook — one of the top sportsbooks in Sin City — was not impressed with those trades, dropping the Cavs down to 12/1 to win the NBA title from 10/1 earlier in the week. The SuperBook seems to think the race for the Larry O’Brien Trophy will come down to two teams from the Western Conference, the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets. The Warriors are -200 favorites to repeat while the Rockets are the +300 second choice.
Boston and the Toronto Raptors are two Eastern Conference teams that could prevent Cleveland from getting back to the NBA Finals, although they did not make any significant moves to boost their chances before the deadline. The Celtics still have the top record in the East despite losing to the Raptors on Tuesday and added center Greg Monroe to boost their frontcourt. Boston has proven to be a tough matchup for Golden State in the past, making 14/1 a solid investment if you don’t believe in the Cavs.
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