Does Vegas Care About Mike Miller and Randy Foye?
On June 16, the DC Sports Bog posted odds to win the 2010 NBA championship from Bodog. The Wizards were in a three way tie with the Knicks and Nets with the 18th best odds to get a ring at 75-1.
On June 24th, the Wizards made the trade for Mike Miller and Randy Foye. Increased team depth, Grunfeld is “comfortable” with what he has … better odds to win it all, right? Not exactly.
(For the record, overall I’m very optimistic about the potential of this Wizards team … there are just some holes that need filling, and I’m not talking about some gross porno you probably just watched online.)
On July 2nd, Ball Don’t Lie posted updated odds from Bodog (which ‘should have’ included the Wizards trade among others such as Shaq to Cleveland, Richard Jefferson to San Antonio, and Vince Carter to Orlando).
The Wizards, however, remained tied at 18th, tied with NY/NJ at 75-1; still trailing Chicago, Miami, Phoenix and Philly mind you.
Seems fishy, right? (Or else the arrival of Miller and Foye, along with hope for health, has blown a lot of hot air up our butts.)
BTW … the changes from 6/16 to 7/2 were noted by BDL via some guy named Shapiro as:
- Cleveland went from 3/1 to 9/4
- L.A. Lakers fell from 2/1 to 9/4
- San Antonio sky rocked from 16/1 to 11/1
- Orlando jumped a bit from 15/2 to 6/1
- Boston dipped slightly from 9/2 to 5/1
On the other hand, ESPN’s Chad Ford ranks the Wizards fifth behind the Spurs, Clippers, Pistons, and Mavericks in offseason movement performance … so forget BoDog.
Let’s turn to VegasInsider.com for current odds:
- Lakers : 5/2
- Cavaliers : 3/1
- Celtics : 9/2
- Magic : 5/1
- Spurs : 6/1
- Nuggets : 8/1
- Mavericks : 10/1
- Jazz : 10/1
- Blazers : 12/1
- Rockets : 15/1
- Hornets : 15/1
- Heat : 20/1
- Hawks : 30/1
- Wizards : 30/1
- Raptors : 35/1
- Bulls : 35/1
- Pistons : 40/1
- Pacers : 40/1
- 76ers : 40/1
- Suns : 50/1
- Bobcats : 50/1
- Knicks : 75/1
- Nets : 75/1
- Warriors : 100/1
- Bucks : 150/1
- Clippers : 150/1
- Grizzlies : 150/1
- Thunder : 200/1
- Timberwolves : 250/1
- Kings : 250/1
Ok, tied with the Hawks at 13th with 30-1 odds. That’s more like it. Although, I’m not sure how the Heat are a better team, ranked 12th with 20-1 odds.
In any case, I almost wish the Wizards would stay at 75-1 … at least until late August when I’ll be in Vegas with some friends. I’ll be putting some money down for my team to win the championship then regardless, but I’ll like the possibility to make the most loot possible should the incredible happen.
Speaking of Vegas …
Mike Prada of Bullets Forever will be out in the desert covering the summer league games. (I’ll be watching online).
With several players on the roster already having integral roles with the team (Nick Young, Javaris Crittenton, Dominic McGuire & JaVale McGee), Wizards fans should really be looking forward to Mike’s on-site reporting.
Otherwise, happy Friday everyone … hope you’re having a good one.