Houston, we have liftoff ... at least on the Rockets' odds, that is.
Bovada on Thursday released its latest odds for the 2018 NBA championship and Las Vegas seems to think Houston's chances have soared after the Rockets picked up All-Star Chris Paul in a trade with the Clippers on Wednesday. After opening at 20/1 when the 2017 Finals concluded June 12, the Rockets are now third among all 30 teams at 12/1.
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Golden State and Cleveland remain at the top with 4/7 and 15/4 odds, respectively, with Boston and San Antonio tied for fourth at 14/1.
But if you look just a bit further down the list, you'll see a bit of a surprise lurking in a tie for ninth at 66/1.
Yep, you guessed it, the Philadelphia 76ers. The Sixers share their spot on the list with the Clippers, Lakers, Bucks and Thunder, but are ahead of several playoff teams from last season including Utah, Memphis, Portland and Atlanta.
Clearly, it's not just Philadelphians trusting The Process. The Sixers opened at 100/1 and unsurprisingly, their trade up to draft Markelle Fultz has now pushed them even higher in the minds of Vegas bettors.
Also of note, Bovada has a number of interesting offseason prop bets listed. Although Vegas thinks Blake Griffin, Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka are more likely to stay put than not, they give Gordon Hayward 10/11 odds to land with the Celtics and Paul Millsap 4/5 odds of moving out to Denver.