NBA Title Odds: How Trade Deadline Moves Impacted Futures Markets

Written By Matt Burke on March 25, 2021
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NBA general managers worked overtime Thursday with the league trade deadline finally coming and going. Many of the teams that were expected to be active were active, and most of the teams that figured to be silent were silent. Among the top players moved on Thursday were Aaron Gordon, Nikola Vucevic, Victor Oladipo, JJ Redick, Wendell Carter, Rajon Rondo, George Hill, Evan Fournier and JaVale McGee. The Nuggets and Bulls both saw their respective NBA title odds drop as a result of their big moves.

Denver was +2600 to win the NBA championship at 8:30 a.m. ET on Thursday. Less than an hour after the deal for Gordon was announced early in the afternoon (ET), the Nuggets were +2000 to win it all at DK – giving them the seventh lowest odds.

The Bulls, who landed Vucevic from Orlando, were +25000 at DraftKings Sportsbook to win the 2021 NBA title Thursday morning at 8:30 ET before the swap. At 12:30 p.m. ET, about an hour after the deal was reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Chicago was +15000.

The Bulls are pushing to make the NBA playoffs this year, as they currently sit just 1.5 games behind the Boston Celtics for the eighth spot in the East. Also remember that this year the league is implementing a play-in tournament that will include the teams with the seventh highest through 10th highest winning percentages in each conference. So barring a major collapse, the Bulls figure to be in the playoff picture come May.

The Oladipo trade was announced closer to the 3 p.m. ET deadline. Miami went from +3400 to win the title in the morning to +2500 in the afternoon.

Meanwhile Orlando – which went on a selling spree Thursday – went from +75000 at DK to win it all in 2021 to +90000. The Magic now have the highest championship odds at DK along with the likes of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons, Minnesota Timberwolves and Oklahoma City Thunder.

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NBA trade deadline moves

Here is a glance at the trades that were reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and The Athletic’s Shams Charania on Thursday.

Mavericks receive: JJ Redick and Nicolo Melli
Pelicans receive: James Johnson, Wes Iwundu, second round pick

Bulls receive: Daniel Theis
Celtics receive: Moritz Wagner

Heat receive: Victor Oladipo and draft swap
Rockets receive: Avery Bradley, Kelly Olynyk and draft swap

Kings receive: Terrence Davis
Raptors receive: Future second round pick

Clippers receive: Rajon Rondo
Hawks receive: Lou Williams, two second round picks

Jazz receive: Matt Thomas
Raptors receive: Future second round pick

76ers receive: George Hill, Ignas Brazdeikis
Thunder receive: Tony Bradley, two future second round picks
Knicks receive: Terrance Ferguson

Trail Blazers receive: Norm Powell
Raptors receive: Gary Trent, Rodney Hood

Heat receive: Nemanja Bjelica
Kings receive: Moe Harkless, Chris Silva

Nuggets receive: Aaron Gordon
Magic receive: Gary Harris, RJ Hampton, first round pick

Bulls receive: Nikola Vucevic, Al Farouq Aminu
Magic receiver: Wendell Carter, Otto Porter, two first round picks

Celtics receive: Evan Fournier
Magic receive: 2 second round draft picks

Nuggets receive: JaVale McGree
Cavaliers receive: Isaiah Hartenstein, protected 2023 second round pick, unprotected 2027 second round pick

Kings receive: Delon Wright
Pistons receive: Corey Joseph, Lakers 2021 second round pick, Kings second round pick

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Matt Burke is the Sports Editor and Head of Evergreen/SEO Content at He is the Founder and former Editor-in-Chief of MetroBet, a digital and print sports betting platform, and was the Executive Sports Editor at Metro US Newspapers (New York, Philadelphia, Boston) from 2014-2020. Matt has covered Super Bowls and Final Fours, and his work has appeared for Sports Illustrated, CBS Sports, the Eagle Tribune, Gloucester Daily Times and Newburyport Daily News. Matt is a graduate of the University of Connecticut.

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