NBA futures fluctuate at Westgate SuperBook

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The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook crew has been busy maneuvering next season’s NBA futures in light of some key injuries and one huge trade Saturday with the New Orleans Pelicans sending three-time All-Star Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers, a move that has completely changed the complexion of several teams odds in the Western Conference.

“We made some adjustments during the last game of the Finals after the Warriors lost Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson for next season,” said SuperBook oddsmaker Jeff Sherman. “We opened the 2019-20 NBA title futures in May with the Warriors as the 7-4 favorite, but without those two the Warriors are not the favorite anymore.

“So we had to be pro-active while being conservative. We had to lower odds on some of the better West teams and handicap the most likely scenarios of where key players might land. And we felt like the Lakers would be landing spot for a few of the big names available.”

LeBron James and Davis is an intimidating tandem, but the Lakers paid a big price, giving up three players and three first-round draft picks, including the No. 4 overall pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft. The Lakers aren’t messing around and want to win now.

The SuperBook opened the Lakers at 20-1 odds last month anticipating big names eventually joining LeBron. But Thompson and Durant’s injuries threw a monkey wrench into the equation.

“We moved the Warriors up to 14-1 and took 10 dimes on it and dropped them to 12-1,” Sherman said. “We dropped the Lakers down to 5-1 and immediately got 10 dimes on it and then about an hour later the rumors started to begin about Anthony Davis being traded to the Lakers.”

The rumors got the Lakers’ fan base excited after a few disappointing seasons and missing the playoffs after getting LeBron last season, the first time in his career he missed the playoffs.

“We moved them to 3-to-1 and we’re still getting bets on them,” Sherman said. “The Lakers still have cap room for one more player whether it’s Kemba Walker, Kyrie Irving or even a Kawhi Leonard. Whoever it is, it’s going to be an impressive trio.”

Yes, the Lakers deserve to be the favorite if they get Kawhi. They could throw a bunch of cheap specialists around the trio of great players and easily find their way to the Finals. But Sherman is speculating on Kawhi going somewhere else.

“The only reason we dropped the Clippers from 16-1 down to 7-1 was anticipating a possible move with Leonard signing there,” he said.

One West team had their chances of winning the NBA title enhanced because of the Warriors injuries. That as Denver.

“We dropped the Nuggets from 25-1 down to 16-1 because they don’t lose much from last year’s team that had the second-best record in the West,” Sherman said. “They also add Michael Porter Jr., who might have been the No. 1 overall pick had he not gotten hurt.”

At those odds, the cohesion of the young Nuggets squad might be the most interesting look.

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