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) are still better than the Celtics’ (10/1).
NBA Title odds prior to K Irving/I Thomas trade
NBA Title odds after trade
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What drastically changed, however, were the MVP odds for the primary individuals involved in the league-rocking deal. While in Cleveland, Kyrie Irving’s chances of take homing the Most Valuable Player award stood at 50/1 — a very unlikely probability given that his former teammate LeBron James was listed to have 6/1 odds. Upon getting traded to Boston, Irving’s chances improved to 25/1.
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.