The Houston Rockets gave the rest of the NBA notice Wednesday, they're going it. Well, they'll try and at least take a couple games from the Golden State Warriors, after reaching an agreement to acquire point guard Chris Paul from the Los Angeles Clippers in a move that shakes up the NBA Championship odds.
Paul opted into the final year his deal to then be traded from the Clippers in exchange for Lou Williams, Patrick Beverley, Sam Dekker and a 2018 first-round pick, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.
The big move brings big changes in the betting landscape, as Paul will now be paired with almost-MVP James Harden, creating one of the best backcourts in the NBA, for a Rockets team that is reportedly not finished when it comes to making moves this offseason. Meanwhile, the Clippers could be headed to full on blow it up mode and the odds reflect that.
After the trade, Rockets moved from 30/1 to 15/1 to win the 2017-18 NBA Championship, according to the Westgate LV Superbook, while the Clippers' odds plummeted from 40/1 to 100/1.
The move pulls the Rockets alongside the Boston Celtics for the fourth best odds to win the title, behind the San Antonio Spurs at 12/1, the Cleveland Cavaliers at 3/1 and of course, the Golden State Warriors. We can't forget that all these outside moves seem not to trouble Las Vegas when it comes to the Dubs odds, who are still a ridiculous 5/11 favorite to win their third title in four years.
The Clippers were 29-31-1 against the spread with Paul in the lineup last season, while the Rockets were 41-39 ATS when Harden played.