The Brooklyn Nets are making a hard push for their first-ever NBA title.
They used one of their veteran-minimum-contract slots to sign forward Blake Griffin on Sunday, according to various reports. Griffin is a six-time All-Star who cleared waivers after agreeing to a buyout of the remaining $56.5 million left on his contract with the Pistons.
The betting market has not made much of an adjustment to its futures prices, though. The Westgate SuperBook was one of the few shops to move the Nets’ title odds, bumping them from +275 to +250.
Brooklyn is now the ‘chalk’ to win the NBA title at the SuperBook, sitting ahead of the Lakers (11/4) and Clippers (11/2). PointsBet and BetMGM made no changes following the Nets’ acquisition of Griffin.
He averaged 12.3 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.9 assists in 20 games with Detroit this year, but he has been sitting out since mid-February. Griffin will be an option off the bench if the Nets choose to play a small-ball lineup.
They have already solidified themselves as NBA Finals contenders, adding James Harden to a squad that already had Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. Durant has been out for several weeks with a hamstring injury and is expected to be re-evaluated this week.
DraftKings has been shifting the Nets’ title odds throughout the season. They opened at 9/1 on Oct. 8, according to odds they provided to the Action Network. Their odds moved to +450 by Jan. 13, which was one day before they snagged Harden in a trade deal.
They re-opened at +300 the following day.
As for the league’s next superstar, offshore sportsbook Bovada has released odds for the No. 1 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft. Oklahoma State’s Cade Cunningham is priced at -275 to be the first player off the board.
Cunningham is averaging 19.7 points and 6.3 rebounds in Stillwater. USC freshman forward Evan Mobley is a +175 ‘chalk’ to be the second overall pick. He is scoring 16.1 points and is nearly averaging a double-double with 8.6 rebounds per game.