NBA: King James Back in Cleveland
In-Play Trader Ben Brandon discusses...
Four years after Dan Gilbert wrote a letter to the Cleveland Cavaliers fans slamming LeBron James and calling his move to Miami as a cowardly betrayal, In what a couple of months ago would be seen as a shock. Now LeBron James is back in Cleveland.
This move has seen the odds on both teams to win the NBA championship change dramatically. The Cavaliers less than a week ago were 28/1 to win the championship but are now 7/2 favourites to win it all. Where as you may expect the Miami Heat have gone from 7/2 at the same time to 16/1.
We are expecting that because of this trade to see a lot more money on the Cavaliers as LeBron James joins a team now with three of the number 1 draft picks from the last four years of the NBA entry draft and the one pick that wasn't a number one pick was number 4.
So LeBron will be joining a Cavaliers team stacked with young players if not superstars in last year's All Star game MVP Kyrie Irving, Dion Waters, Anthony Bennett the first Canadian Player taking with the number one pick. Also last if no least Andrew Wiggins a hyped college phenom who in the past has been compared to LeBron James.
The Heat did manage to resign Chris Bosh and today just signed Luol Deng from Chicago so with the potential of resigning Dewayne Wade as well even though they have lost Lebron 25/1 on the Miami looks a good price with the east being wide open and the weakest of both conferences.
While all this has happened in the Eastern Conference the Western Conference has stayed mostly the same. With only the Houston Rockets making drastic changes with a hope to signing Chris Bosh. Losing Omer Asik, Chandler Parsons and Jeremy Lin. So then overspending on Trevor Ariza seems a panic signing. With all these Dealings the Houston Rockets look short at 10/1 in a competitive and stacked Western Conference.
Taking about the Western Conference even though it is hard to repeat the San Antonio Spurs look the team to beat under the guidance of Gregg Popovich with the majority of the pieces from last season's triumph still there. The 4.1 on the repeat looks appealing even though as said before the west is the hardest conference to win.
If you are looking for a team to win it from the East it wouldn't be surprising to see punters backing the Chicago Bulls at 8/1. The east is less top heavy with LeBrons move to the young and upcoming Cavaliers that you have to look at the experienced Chicago Bulls to have a great chance to get to the Championship series. With Hopefully a fully fit Derrick Rose, the reigning defensive player of the year in Joakim Noah and new signing Pau Gasol. Even thou they lost Luol Deng to the Heat I believe the Bulls might be the team to beat in a weaker Eastern Conference.