Russell Westbrook deal prompts sportsbooks to lengthen Rockets’ odds

The Houston Rockets began the NBA offseason in a precarious situation with two veteran superstars surrounded by a lackluster supporting cast while replacing their head coach and general manager.

Already considered long shots to be a factor in the Western Conference – much less for the NBA title – in 2001, Houston’s odds of being a factor next season took a massive blow with the trade of nine-time All-Star Russell Westbrook on Wednesday night.

Houston acquired another star guard in John Wall, but one who is marking the two-year anniversary of the last game he played due to multiple injuries.

Following the Wizards confirming the deal, the Rockets’ odds of winning the 2021 NBA title moved from +5000 to +8000 at PointsBet and from +3000 to +6000 at SportsBetting.

John Wall, Russell Westbrook
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Houston is still grappling with rumors that perennial MVP candidate James Harden also wants out of town, preferably to play with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving with the Brooklyn Nets.

With the franchise in turmoil, the Rockets’ odds of winning the Western Conference lengthen from +1500 to +2800 at SportsBetting.

Wizards not a ‘factor’, but competitive

The Wizards were long shots to be a factor before acquiring Westbrook, and those odds saw marginal impact following the deal.

Washington’s title odds moved from +15000 to +12500 at SportsBetting while their Eastern Conference odds shortened from +6000 to +5000. The story was similar at PointsBet, where their title odds shortened from +20000 to +12500 while their conference title odds moved from +8000 to +6000.

That’s not to say that Westbrook’s arrival won’t make the Wizards a more competitive team night-in and night-out. That was reflected by PointsBet, with the sportsbook moving their over/under win total significantly from 28.5 to 33.5 games.

–Field Level Media (@FieldLevelMedia)