NBA Championship Odds: Philadelphia 76ers price falling after Tobias Harris trade

NBA Championship Odds: Philadelphia 76ers price falling after Tobias Harris trade

NBA Championship Odds: Philadelphia 76ers price falling after Tobias Harris trade

The Philadelphia 76ers were believed to be buyers as we approached Thursday’s trade deadline in the NBA, though few saw them pulling off the deal they managed last night.

According to reports, they have agreed a trade with the Los Angeles Clippers, which sees Tobias Harris, Boban Marjanovic and Mike Scott move to Philly in exchange for Landry Shamet, Wilson Chandler, Mike Muscala, two first round picks and two second round picks.

It is a significant trade for both teams, with the 76ers now having one of the strongest starting fives in the NBA with Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Jimmy Butler, JJ Reddick and Harris all in the lineup.

As for the Clippers, they now no longer have to pay Harris in the summer, who will be an unrestricted free agent, which also gives them further salary cap flexibility when it comes to the summer when they are set to target Kawhi Leonard.

It also gives them the potential to make a move for New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis in the summer, who has the Clippers on his four-team list of teams that he would re-sign with should he be traded there. The Clippers now have a multitude of draft picks, including Miami’s 2021 first rounder which could feasibly be a lottery selection.

Movement of odds

The odds for the 76ers now winning the NBA Championship haven’t moved dramatically as of yet, but as the day and week progresses expect it to get slightly shorter.

Much could depend with how Harris fits into the 76ers system, though on the face of it it certainly looks like it could be the missing piece to their puzzle and the team now have five legitimate scoring options in their starting lineup.

Yesterday, Philadelphia were 18/1 to win the NBA Championship with Bet365, but have this morning already moved to 14/1 to win the title after adding a player who in the Eastern Conference would almost certainly be an All-Star this season.

As for their hopes of winning the Eastern Conference, Bet365 previously had them at 15/4, but they now sit at 3/1, with Toronto Raptors (9/4) and Boston Celtics (13/5) both still ahead of them as favourites.

The 76ers lost to the Raptors last night, but with Harris have yet another serious scoring option that teams will be forced to guard. If they can go on a winning run after the introduction of Harris, expect their price to drop to both win the title and become Eastern Conference champions.

Addressing Philadelphia’s needs

On the face of it, this is a trade that suits both teams, with the Clippers getting future assets to help in potential trade discussions and in their pursuit of some marquee free agents heading into the summer of 2019.

Durant, Leonard, Kyrie Irving, Klay Thompson, DeMarcus Cousins and Kemba Walker are just some of the names that see their contracts with their current teams expire at the end of the current season.

The Clippers are expected to be aggressive in their pursuit of Kawhi Leonard

As for Philadelphia, they have added shooting to their team in Harris, who is the type of stretch four they were crying out for. The 26-year-old is shooting 43.4% from three point range this season and will help spread the floor, helping the likes of Simmons and Embiid.

Off the bench, Marjanovic and Scott can also be helpful additions to the team, with the former being a solid backup for Embiid, while Scott adds some much-needed shooting to the 76ers bench unit.

It’s rare in the NBA, but this seems to be a trade that both teams will feel very satisfied with.

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