James Harden has officially been traded to the Brooklyn Nets in a move that not only shakes up the league’s hierarchy but also solidifies the Nets as the frontrunner in the NBA’s Eastern Conference.
The move reunites Harden with his former Oklahoma City Thunder teammate and fellow league MVP Kevin Durant and adds an interesting development to the ongoing Kyrie Irving saga.
Brooklyn’s Caris LeVert, Jarrett Allen, along with four future first-round picks, were included in a four-team trade to seal the deal and give the Nets one of the most lethal rosters in the league.
NBA betting odds quickly reacted to the news, with sportsbooks moving the Nets from +275 to +135 to win the East. The team’s odds to win the NBA Championships were also slashed, with Brooklyn making the jump to +275 from +650.
“We’ve seen plenty of action on the Harden trade prop all season,” shared Adam Burns of BetOnline. “Lines were flipping between the 76ers and the Nets, and Miami even emerged as a likely landing spot for a while. Sure enough, with Harden going to the Nets, who were already favored to come out of the East, their Conference odds have fallen from +275 to +135, and from +650 to +275 to win it all.”
Previously listed at +2800 to win the West and +5000 to win the NBA Title, the Houston Rockets have now slid further down the board with oddsmakers lining them at +4000 and +10,000 respectively.
Brooklyn Nets Odds Moves Following James Harden Trade Via BetOnline
Brooklyn Nets – From: +125 To: -150
Brooklyn Nets – From: +275 To: +135
Brooklyn Nets – From: +650 To: +275
Nets Poised For A Title Run?
Expectations were high for this team from the start, as this year was to be the first opportunity for fans to see KD and Irving share the court. The duo looked unstoppable in the team’s opener against the Golden State Warriors and a dominant over a talented Celtics team, but a few losses to weaker competition revealed some of the team’s indecencies.
With the Nets sitting 6-6 on the year, and Kyrie Irving’s status somewhat questionable at this point, the sudden jump in the odds clearly has everything to do with books looking to capitalize on the media hype.
Harden and Durant do have experience sharing the court, but shot-calling could get complicated with three All-Star level players looking to get in their touches. With all of the talent on the roster, new coach Steve Nash might be the decisive factor when it comes to the long-term success of this trio of talent.
We like the Nets to take the Eastern Conference at +135, but chemistry and health concerns will likely see them ultimately fall to the equally talented Los Angeles Lakers in the Finals.