The Kyrie Irving-Isaiah Thomas trade caused a major shift in the NBA MVP odds

FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2016, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving, right, looks to drive against Boston Celtics' Isaiah Thomas during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Cleveland. Irving, who asked Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert to trade him earlier this summer, could be on his way to Boston as the Cavaliers are in serious negotiations with the Celtics about swapping him for point guard Thomas. Since Irving made his stunning request, the defending Eastern Conference champions have been looking for a trade partner. They may have found the perfect one and could be nearing a deal with the Celtics, said the person who spoke Tuesday night, Aug. 22, 2017, to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the talks. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane, File)
Kyrie Irving looks to drive against Isaiah Thomas during the first half of a game in Cleveland. –AP Photo/Ron Schwane, File

Following their seismic trade, Boston and Cleveland’s chances at winning an NBA title both stayed the same for the upcoming season. According to Westgate Las Vegas, the Cavaliers’ championship odds (4/1) still remain better than the Celtics’ (10/1).

What drastically did change were the MVP odds for the primary individuals involved in the league-rocking deal. While in Cleveland, Kyrie Irving’s chance to take home the MVP award stood at 50/1—a very unlikely probability given that his former teammate LeBron James was listed to have 6/1 odds. However, Irving’s chances improved to 25/1 upon getting traded to Boston.

Isaiah Thomas, on the other hand, saw the reverse hold true. The point guard’s MVP odds jumped from 30/1 to 100/1 after getting sent to Cleveland.

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