Every season right before the NBA’s annual All-Star Weekend, the league’s annual trade deadline makes front page news. This year’s deadline came and went without any major fanfare, but a few of the moves did have some impact on every major online sportsbook’s NBA futures to win this season’s championship.


NBA Eastern Conference Futures and Trades

When a team has won 46 of its first 53 games of the season, keeping the existing roster intact should be a high priority. The Milwaukee Bucks ended last season with the best record in the NBA (60-22) and they could easily top 70 wins this time around.

They remain the clear favorites to win the Eastern Conference at -150 odds. Milwaukee is now a +250 favorite to win the 2020 NBA Championship.


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The Boston Celtics (37-15) are currently two games back of the defending champion Toronto Raptors (40-14) in the Atlantic Division standings and the No. 3 seed in the East. Boston’s odds to get past the Bucks and win the East are second-best on the list at +600. Their odds to win the NBA title are set at +1600.

Toronto’s odds to repeat as Eastern Conference Champs are +800 with +2500 odds to repeat as league champs.

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All three of these teams remained quiet ahead of last week’s trade deadline.

One surprising contender in the East that improved their futures odds through a key trade was the Miami Heat. They are running away with the Southeast Division at 35-18 and they are holding down the No. 4 spot in the East.

Miami was able to add Andre Iguodala to an already deep roster of talent. This should help the cause in closing the gap with the top three teams in the standings. The Heat’s odds to win the East are now +700 as third-favorites with Philadelphia. They are set at +2000 to win it all.

NBA Western Conference Futures and Trades

The race to the Western Conference Championship this season has been centered in Los Angeles.

The Lakers are set as +175 favorites closely followed by the Clippers at +200 to win it all. The Lakers are 40-12 in 52 games with the Clippers 3.5 games back at 37-16.

Also right in the mix in the West is the Denver Nuggets at 38-16. Their odds to win the conference are fourth on the list at +900. The Houston Rockets are +700 third-favorites to win the conference. 

As far as winning a NBA title, the Lakers are +275 second-favorites behind the Bucks with the Clippers a close third at +350. Houston and Philadelphia round out the Top 5 at +1400 odds. Denver’s odds to pull off a major upset are +1600 along with Boston.

Trade impacts on contending teams were minimal, although the Clippers did acquire Marcus Morris from the New York Knicks to add some depth to an already deep roster of veteran players.

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The Minnesota Timberwolves are going nowhere this season at 16-36, but they are building for the future by trading for D’Angelo Russell to join Karl-Anthony Towns.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are at the bottom of the standings in the East (13-40) with nowhere to go but up after landing Andre Drummond.

About the Author

A big part of the services that my marketing company, Blue Pointe Advisors, LLC offers is written content for sports betting websites.  I have been working as a full-time sports betting writer for the past nine years following a previous career in the field of sales and marketing.

I consider myself extremely fortunate to be able to write about my true passion in life; the world of sports. I also enjoy concentrating the bulk of my pieces towards the betting angle in sports.

It is always a challenge to take past results and current form to try and correctly determine a future result. Sports brings out the unpredictability in what should be a fairly predictable outcome based on the stats, facts and recent trends in a particular matchup. The one thing that I have learned over the past decade or so is that when it comes to betting on sports there is no such thing as a lock.

The main objective with my writing style is to create insightful articles on a wide variety of sporting topics that can provide an edge to today's sophisticated online player. While there are times when my predictions fall well short of the actual outcome, I still enjoy trying to come up with a logical explanation to support my views on every pick I make.

My love of sports started a long time ago when I was just a kid growing up just outside Philadelphia. While I was a big Phillies, Flyers and 76ers fan, my number one team was always the Eagles. My dad was a season ticket holder from 1961 to 2002 and I would honestly say that he missed less than a handful of games than more than a few dismal seasons.

I was fortunate enough to go to a number of Eagles’ games back in the day including the 1980 NFC Championship when Wilbert Montgomery ran roughshod over the bitter rival Dallas Cowboys to lead Philly to their first appearance in a Super Bowl. Flash forward 40 years later and am I still celebrating the thrilling victory over New England in Super Bowl LVII. I know that my dad was smiling down on that one.

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