James Harden had his longstanding wish granted on Wednesday afternoon as he was traded to the Brooklyn Nets for a massive haul of picks and players.
The Nets are now equipped with Harden, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. Irving has missed the last four games due to personal reasons and could be out for the foreseeable future.
However, the three form one of the most devastating offensive trios to ever share the floor. FanDuel Sportsbook quickly moved the Nets odds from +600 to +270 upon the Harden news.
Odds moved at other sportsbooks around the country too. At the Borgata in New Jersey, Brooklyn moved to +300.
Borgata Sportsbook Director Thomas Gable mentioned that while the Nets are a title contender, the Eastern Conference has formidable opponents.
"Yes the Nets odds to win the NBA title moved from +600 to +300 after the trade was announced," Gable said. "They are definitely going to be a tough out in the playoffs if everyone remains healthy, but I still feel that there are teams even in their own division that can still give them trouble (the Sixers and the Celtics). It makes an already exciting Atlantic Division must watch viewing."
The Lakers remain the favorites to repeat as champions at FanDuel at +260, while the Los Angeles Clippers stayed at +600, and the Bucks moved from +500 to +700 upon the news that Harden is now in the Eastern Conference.