Although it had the chance to be quite explosive and exciting, last week's NBA trade deadline
was actually rather calm and uneventful. There were indeed some trades but very few that surprised analysts and fans.
The betting market is a good way to gauge the state of the league and determine who is the determined frontrunner to win the Larry O'Brien trophy this season. And the biggest names in the betting markets weren't impacted by the recent changes to the NBA.
According to BetMGM, the Boston Celtics
have the best chance of winning the Finals this year, followed by the Denver Nuggets
, Los Angeles Clippers, Milwaukee Bucks
Phoenix Suns, and New York Knicks.
Last Thursday before the deadline, that lineup looks just about the same. That means that bettors believe that the association wasn't changed much at all last week.
The frontrunners to win the Finals this year, the Celtics, did make some minor changes. They added Xavier Tillman from the Memphis Grizzlies and Jaden Springer from the Philadelphia 76ers. They aren't well-known players but they could help the already-strong team.
The Denver Nuggets didn't make any adjustments, while the Milwaukee Bucks swapped out Cameron Payne and Beverley. That is yet another small change, although it could bolster Milwaukee's chances of going far in the playoffs.
Other teams, like the Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors, and Cleveland Cavaliers, hardly did anything although there were rumors about them being very active.
In total, most teams didn't do many things at the trade deadline and that ultimately didn't change the conventional wisdom about who will win it all at the end of the season.