Jimmy Butler Ups 76ers Odds And Gives Team Better Fighting Chance
The Golden State Warriors remain the top contender to snatch another championship, but one team gained on last year’s champions and saw their odds substantially improve.
Top sportsbooks boost the Philadelphia 76ers’ odds of winning this NBA season’s title from 30-1 to 16-1 after the team recently acquired Timberwolves superstar Jimmy Butler on Saturday.
The Jimmy Butler Effect
Jimmy Butler finally had his wish granted after a deal between his former team, the Timberwolves, settled on a trade with the 76ers. However, he has to make sure that he walks the right path, or his future in the NBA might not be as bright as he hopes.
According to a report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, who looked into the final days of the Butler saga in Minnesota, a league executive is quoted as saying Butler has affected his reputation, and this time in Philadelphia could be his final chance to show that he’s a level-headed superstar. He also added, “He has to be on his best behaviour [in Philly], and he knows it.”
“If he screws up that team, that’ll be three straight teams. Someone will sign him in free agency, but he won’t get all that he’s asking for.”
The Sixers acquired Butler and reserve big man Justin Patton in exchange for forwards Dario Saric and Robert Covington, along with veteran guard Jerryd Bayless and a second-round pick in 2022.
The Sixers haven’t won a title since 1983, and this could be their chance to write down their name in history books once again.
How are the NBA odds looking?
The Philadelphia 76ers are virtually a long way behind, but the changes made significant movements across Bitcoin betting markets. In addition to that, several sportsbooks have them listed behind four teams with the Warriors leading the pack at 10/9. Golden State also led last season, and cruise their way to a third title in four years.
Bitcoin sportsbooks list the Toronto Raptors, who are currently on a 12-1 record, as the Number 2 team with ust 7/1 odds. The Raptors hold a 2.5 game lead in the East over the Milwaukee Bucks, who are level the Sixers ate 16/1.
Wile the Raptors grip the best NBA odds in the East they have the Boston Celtics right behind them at 15/2. The Celtics are currently 7-5 on the season and own the fourth-best record in the conference.
The Warriors toughest obstacle in the West is still the Houston Rockets, who are listed at 14/1 despite their shaky start in the season.
The Timberwolves entered the season with 100/1 odds of winning the championship, but dropped to 250/1 after finalizing the Butler trade.
Lastly, the Los Angeles Lakers, who recently added LeBron James to their lineup in the offseason, now start to gain traction as a team. However, their odds dropped from 10/1 to the start of the season to 25/1.