Angelo Montilla |  Sat 10/02/2018 - 11:22 EST

NBA Futures Post Trade Deadline

NBA Futures Post Trade Deadline
The NBA trade deadline has come and gone and the league’s top contenders are now gearing up for the stretch run in the second half of the season. The Cleveland Cavaliers were the most active, making two blockbuster trades, but will their deadline day transactions be enough for LeBron James and Co. return to the NBA Finals? The defending world champion Golden State Warriors did not make a move at the deadline as the club looks to capture a second consecutive title and third crown in four years.

Here are the NBA betting futures post trade deadline. We are also throwing in a sleeper pick to keep an eye on as the season progresses. Odds are courtesy of Bodog.

Golden State Warriors (-200)

The defending champs didn’t pull a trigger on a deal, but really, did the Warriors even have to? Golden State sitting comfortably in first place in the Western Conference, although the Houston Rockets are putting up a challenge for top spot. The Warriors are led by Stephen Curry, who has posted a team-best 27.2 points per game average this season. The club’s starting five are still arguably the best in the NBA, which is why Bodog has pegged Golden State as -200 favorites following the NBA trade deadline.

Houston Rockets (+600)

The Houston Rockets have been a pleasant surprise as the club looks to finish first in the Western Conference for the first time since 1995 — the same year they won the championship. The Rockets were quiet on trade deadline day as the club will enter the second half of the NBA season with the same roster that got them to this point. James Harden is the driving force of the Rockets’ offence as the superstar guard leads the league with a 31 points per game average. Bodog has the Rockets as +600 underdogs to win the championship following this week’s NBA trade deadline.

Cleveland Cavaliers (+650)

The busiest team at trade deadline was the Cleveland Cavaliers, who made three significant deals to cap off a productive day for the 2016 NBA champions. The biggest trade for Cleveland came when the club shipped guard Isaiah Thomas, power forward Channing Frye and a first-round pick to the Lakers for guard Jordan Clarkson and big man Larry Nance Jr. — a deal the Cavaliers believe will be enough to vault them back into first place in the East and into another NBA Final. Following this week’s trade deadline, the Cavaliers were pegged as +650 underdogs to win another title.

Boston Celtics (+800)

All was quiet with the Boston Celtics on NBA trade deadline day as the Eastern Conference leaders did not make a move to bolster their lineup. This means the Celtics come in at No. 4 on the post NBA trade deadline futures list. According to oddsmakers with Bodog, the Celtics are +800 longshots to win the NBA championship for the first time since 2008. Former Cavs guard Kyrie Irving has had a strong first season in Boston, leading the team with 24.8 points per game. But will it be enough to lead the Celtics to the Eastern Conference championship over the Cavs and possibly Toronto Raptors?

Sleeper

Oklahoma City Thunder (+2000)

Never count out Russell Westbrook and the OKC Thunder. It’s been a trying season for OKC, but the team’s Big Three of Westbrook, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony have the talent to compete with the NBA’s top clubs. After opting not to make a trade at the deadline, the Thunder remain +2000 underdogs to win the championship, but one worth taking if OKC’s get hot at the right time — the post-season.

NBA Champion Pick: Boston Celtics (+650) Runner-up: Golden State Warriors  (-200)

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