Denver's Odds to Win The NBA Championship Improve With Iverson
The Denver Nuggets pulled off a blockbuster yesterday by acquiring four-time NBA scoring leader and 2001 MVP, Allen Iverson from the Philadelphia 76ers. After finalizing the deal, the odds on the Denver Nuggets winning the NBA Championship shifted dramatically.
Leading online sportsbook PinnacleSports.com had the Nuggets listed at 50/1 to capture the NBA title before the deal, but after adding Iverson, the odds on Denver becoming world champs dropped to 18/1.
The largest sports betting site on the Internet, PinnacleSports.com listed the Nuggets in the middle of the pack odds-wise to win the NBA Championship prior to the trade because of the highly competitive Western Conference and
lack of a solid second scoring option to go with Carmelo Anthony.
Now boasting the league’s two leading scorers on their roster, the Nuggets have become a formidable team in the West and PinnacleSports.com now lists Denver at 18/1 to win the title. The San Antonio Spurs remain favorites to emerge as NBA champs at 9/2, followed closely by the Phoenix Suns at 5/1 and Dallas Mavericks at 11/2.
“By adding Iverson, Denver may have found ‘The Answer’ to their scoring woes during Carmelo Anthony’s suspension, as well as a key to advance through the Western Conference playoffs,” said Simon Noble of PinnacleSports.com. “Whenever a player of Iverson’s caliber is traded to a contender, the odds accurately reflect the impact on the team’s chances to win a championship. In this case, Denver closed the gap on the top teams in the West and went from being a lower seed with a scarce shot at the title to a potential division and conference champion.”
Current Odds: All Odds Subject To Change
Odds To Win 2007 NBA Championship (Favorites) San Antonio Spurs 9/2
Phoenix Suns 5/1
Dallas Mavericks 11/2
Cleveland Cavaliers 11/1
Miami Heat 12/1
Detroit Pistons 14/1
Houston Rockets 17/1
Utah Jazz 17/1
Los Angeles Lakers 17/1
Denver Nuggets 18/1
Chicago Bulls 20/1
New Jersey Nets 25/1
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