Updated West Odds
The NBA trade deadline is over and the West Conference odds have just been updated. This race is a lot closer than you think even with the Lakers heavy favorites.
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Los Angeles Lakers (-300)
The Lakers stayed pat at the trade deadline after making noise about getting Chicago’s Kirk Hinrich. All the pieces are in place for defending their title, although Kobe Bryant’s ankle injury is a little worrisome.
Denver Nuggets (+350)
Denver has beaten the Lakers twice this year, and this team is looking to improve on its Conference Finals appearance last year. The Lakers do not want to face this tough team in the playoffs!
Dallas Mavericks (+800)
No team did more to improve themselves at the trading deadline than Dallas. The additions of Caron Butler and Brendan Haywood, plus the subtraction of malcontent Josh Howard, make them a legitimate title contender.
Utah Jazz (+800)
Utah was red-hot before the break with a 13-2 record. They’ve continued post-break at 4-1, all the wins on the road. Holding on to Carlos Boozer was a smart move as this team can contend.
San Antonio Spurs (+1000)
San Antonio just finished its eight game ‘rodeo trip’ which saw them go 4-4. Even with this road trip, the Spurs still have more road games left (16) than at home (12). This aging team could be in trouble.
Oklahoma City Thunder (+2000)
Oklahoma City has come along faster than expected with its 33-21 record. This is a squad that will be reckoned with in the future with Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and company. They’re at least a year away though.
Portland Trail Blazers (+2500)
Portland acquired Marcus Camby from the L.A. Clippers, a key addition with centers Greg Oden and Joel Przybilla already lost for the season. However, this team can only compete if Brandon Roy (hamstring) is completely healthy.
Phoenix Suns (+3000)
Phoenix dangled power forward Amare Stoudemire, but ultimately decided to keep him. Stoudemire played well though the rumors, but the Suns don’t appear to have enough pieces to make a run.
Note that New Orleans, Houston and Memphis are still alive for the playoffs and all are +5000 odds.
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Posted: 2/23/10 10:15AM ET