Rockets improve Finals odds

NBA Finals Odds: Rockets at 20/1 to win following Chris Paul trade 6/30/17

After making a big splash this week, are the Houston Rockets making a push to win the 2018 NBA Finals?

On Wednesday, the Los Angeles Clippers announced that they sent Chris Paul to the Rockets in exchange for seven players and a first-round pick in 2018. The trade obviously pairs two of the league’s best guards in Paul and James Harden. There is also some discussion that the Rockets are also working on trying to acquire Paul George from the Pacers.

According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, the Warriors still remain the favorite to win the NBA Finals next season at -180. The Cavaliers are listed with 4/1 odds while the Celtics sit at 10/1. The Rockets now join the Spurs with 20/1 odds.

NBA Quick Links: Free Matchup Reports | Injuries | Odds Comparison | Scoreboard | Betting Trends

Paul is coming off a 2016-17 season where he averaged 18.1 points, 9.2 assists and 5.0 rebounds per game. He carried the Clippers to a 51-31 record and the fourth seed in the West. They lost in the first round of the playoffs after the Clippers lost Blake Griffin during the series. For his career, Paul averages 18.7 points and 9.9 assists per game.

Joining the Rockets puts Paul with Harden, who is coming off a season where he averaged 29.1 points, 11.2 assists and 8.1 rebounds per game. Coached by Mike D’Antoni, Houston has a very fast-paced offense, but media pundits are wondering how this pairing will work since both Harden and Paul are accustomed to running their respective offenses.

Bet on NBA Futures

The Clippers’ odds to win the NBA Finals are now at 150/1. The team is still trying to re-sign Griffin, but they added Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams, Sam Dekker, Montrezl Harrell, Kyle Wiltjer, DeAndre Liggins and Darrun Hilliard in the trade.

NBA Headlines

  • WASHINGTON (AP) Bradley Beal scored 20 points, Otto Porter added 15 and the Washington Wizards beat the undermanned Cleveland Cavaliers 119-95 on Wednesday night for their third straight victory.<...
  • OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry won't play during Golden State's three-game Texas road trip as he recovers from a left groin strain, though he is traveling with the Warriors.
    The team trav...
  • LOS ANGELES (AP) The best NBA team in Los Angeles right now isn't the one with LeBron James.
    It's the no-name Clippers.
    Going into Wednesday, the Clippers were fourth in the rugged Weste...
  • MINNEAPOLIS (AP) When Robert Covington, Dario Saric and Jerryd Bayless walked into their hotel rooms in Minnesota, they found appropriate gifts from Timberwolves All-Star Karl-Anthony Towns: winte...
  • OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Warriors All-Star forward Draymond Green has been suspended one game by Golden State for conduct detrimental to the team.
    The Warriors made the announcement Tuesday, abou...

NBA Predictions & Picks

Thumbnail Trail Blazers vs. Lakers Prediction The Los Angeles Lakers are above .500 and have played good basketball lately as they prepare to host the Portland Trail Blazers tonight. Is another win in the...
Thumbnail Pelicans vs. Timberwolves Prediction The new-look Minnesota Timberwolves will sport their new starting lineup for the first time tonight at home versus the New Orleans Pelicans. Will the trade of...
Thumbnail Hawks vs. Warriors Prediction The Golden State Warriors lost last night without Steph Curry in the lineup. Will Golden State find its winning ways again tonight with a quick turnaround at home...
Thumbnail Rockets vs. Nuggets Prediction The Houston Rockets have disappointed this season, but are coming off a win going into tonight's battle at the Denver Nuggets. Is a bet on Houston continuing to trend in a...
Thumbnail Hornets vs. Cavaliers Prediction The Cleveland Cavaliers have the worst record in the NBA going into tonight's home game versus the Charlotte Hornets. Is another loss on the horizon tonight for...