When Anthony Davis was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers Saturday, it eliminated any hopes of the Celtics pairing Davis with Kyrie Irving. As a result, the odds of Boston winning the 2020 NBA championship seem to have taken a sharp turn in the opposite direction.
As of late last week, the Celtics’ odds of winning were as high as 10/1. However, since Davis was traded and Irving is anticipated to not return to Boston, Jeff Sherman of SuperBook USA in Las Vegas reports that Boston’s odds have now dropped to 16/1.
Tied with Denver, that puts the Celtics behind seven other teams, including the Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Clippers, Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors, Golden State Warriors, and Philadelphia 76ers, respectively.
Even though the Lakers did not make the 2019 playoffs, the combination of LeBron James and Davis has the team ranked as the frontrunner for the 2020 NBA championship with 3/1 odds. Back on May 4, well before Davis was set to play in Los Angeles, the Lakers odds were 20/1, listed behind seven teams, tied with the Raptors.
While the Lakers have risen to the top of the list, the Celtics have continued to drop. Boston’s opening odds as of May 4 were 7/1, ranking the team third. Now, a little over a month later, the odds are 16/1.
There are still many factors that could impact the Celtics’ odds in the upcoming weeks. Boston could look to make a trade to strengthen their roster prior to the 2019 NBA Draft, given that the team has three-first round picks -- Nos. 14, 20, and 22.