NBA Futures Odds Shifting with Big Trades, Rumors Entering 2020 Draft

Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook, Jrue Holiday, and James Harden
From left to right: Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook, Jrue Holiday, and James Harden (photo credit: Imagn/USA TODAY Sports)

The 2020 NBA Draft takes place Wednesday, November 18, but the league has already been buzzing with news thanks to the exciting trade market. With a few big names on the move and a couple of superstars on the verge of being traded, the NBA futures betting market could be a bit wild over the next few days. Let’s take a look at the NBA futures odds to win next season’s championship.

Jrue Holiday, Bogdan Bogdanovich To Bucks

Two-way star Jrue Holiday has long been one of the more underrated players in the NBA. Not only is he an excellent scorer who averaged just under 20 points per game over the past three seasons, but Holiday has averaged 6.8 assists and 4.8 rebounds over that same timeframe and is very good on the defensive end. Next season, he’ll be aligned with arguably the league’s best player, Giannis Antetokounmpo.

The New Orleans Pelicans and Milwaukee Bucks struck a deal to send Holiday to Milwaukee in exchange for a haul. Eric Bledsoe, George Hill, three future first-round picks, and two additional draft pick swaps are what the Pelicans are getting back. With Antetokounmpo having just one year left on his contract, it appears the Bucks are all in on an attempt to keep him in Milwaukee for the future.

Maybe Antetokounmpo has already given the Bucks a handshake agreement that he’ll re-up with them on a super-max deal, or maybe the Bucks are adding pieces to better pitch Antetokounmpo to stay. Whatever the case may be, Antetokounmpo and Holiday will be playing together for Milwaukee next season. Combined with Khris Middleton, that’s a pretty good squad.

The Bucks didn’t stop there. It’s also been reported that Milwaukee will be getting Bogdan Bogdanovich from the Sacramento Kings in a sign-and-trade deal. Bogdanovich is coming off a season when he averaged more than 15 points per game and kept up his deadly shooting from beyond the arc. In his career, Bogdanovich is 37.4% from three-point land.

Checking in on the NBA futures odds as of Tuesday morning, FanDuel Sportsbook has the Bucks at +600 to win the NBA title next season, which is tied with the Brooklyn Nets and behind only the Los Angeles Lakers, who are at +330. At FOX Bet, the Bucks are the second favorite on the board at +550, also tied with the Nets.

Chris Paul Traded To Phoenix

Chris Paul didn’t have too much around him in Oklahoma City last season, but he pushed the team to the playoffs and was huge in forcing a seven-game series against the heavily favored Houston Rockets. Paul will have a new team next season, as he’s been sent to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for Kelly Oubre, Ricky Rubio, Ty Jerome, Jalen Lecque, and a first-round pick in 2022.

Paul is 35 years old and will be in his 16th season, but he’s still one of the better point guards in the league. Paul will now be joined with Devin Booker (24 years old) and Deandre Ayton (22), as well as Mikal Bridges (24) and Cameron Johnson (24), so there’s a ton of youth around the experienced vet and he’ll be looking to push them to the next level.

The Suns will still have to compete in the competitive Western Conference and there are several good teams for them to get through even just to make it to the playoffs. As of Tuesday morning, the Suns were +4200 at FanDuel SportsBook and +4000 at FOX Bet to win next season’s NBA title.

Dennis Schroder Heads To L.A.

Paul wasn’t the only player that the Oklahoma City Thunder were looking to deal. The team also agreed to trade guard Dennis Schroder to the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers won the title last season on the backs of LeBron James and Anthony Davis. The deal is reported to include Danny Green and the 28th pick in Wednesday’s NBA Draft going to the Thunder.

Outside of James and Davis, the Lakers struggled to find consistent production throughout the playoffs last season. Schroder is an upgrade as a secondary ball-handler for the Lakers who can score and has the upside to be the team’s No. 1 ball-handler. The move isn’t a blockbuster deal to add a third star alongside James and Davis. Rather, it’s a move more about raising the foundation around those two superstars.

As of Tuesday morning, the Lakers remain the betting favorite at FanDuel Sportsbook and DraftKings Sportsbook to win the NBA title next season. At FanDuel, the Lakers are +330. At FOX Bet, they’re +333.

Robert Covington Traded To Blazers

Robert Covington is a solid two-way role player, and he’ll be joining the Portland Trail Blazers for the upcoming season. In exchange for sending Covington to Portland, the Houston Rockets are getting Trevor Ariza and two draft picks.

The price might be considered a little high, but Covington’s addition to Portland should bolster the team at the forward position, and the Blazers could still re-sign Carmelo Anthony. It appears there is a clear attempt by the organization to maximize Damian Lillard’s window. Last season, Portland’s Jusuf Nurkic missed a ton of the year due to coming back from injury, so we’ll see if he can continue to progress. CJ McCollum is still right there alongside Lillard, so Portland does have a solid group of players to go compete in the Western Conference.

As of Tuesday morning, FanDuel Sportsbook had the Blazers at +5500 to win the NBA title and FOX Bet had Portland at +4500.

Where Will Harden and Westbrook End Up?

With Covington already out the door, we now wait to see what the Houston Rockets will do with James Harden and Russell Westbrook. Both have been involved in much of the trade chatter that’s been going on in recent days, with Harden reportedly turning down a big extension and telling the Rockets that he wants to go play with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving in Brooklyn.

In recent seasons, the Rockets have been up towards the top of the NBA futures odds board, but as of Tuesday morning, Houston is sitting at +3600 at FanDuel Sportsbook and +3300 at FOX Bet. That’s with Harden and Westbrook still on the team. Houston’s NBA title odds might slip further if the two superstars, or even just one, is eventually dealt elsewhere.

The Brooklyn Nets are up in the top section of the odds board. With Durant coming back from injury, Irving ready to go, and now the thought of Harden linking up with them, the odds for the Nets to win next season’s title are +600 at FanDuel Sportsbook and +550 at FOX Bet as of Tuesday morning.

With the NBA Draft taking place Wednesday, November 18, the NBA futures market could shift around a bit more. Be sure to stay tuned to SharpSide for more coverage of the NBA futures market.

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