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Nets face long odds for title

Mason Plumlee
Not even Mason Plumlee's Team USA ascension impacts Vegas. (AP)
Mason Plumlee
Not even Mason Plumlee’s Team USA ascension impacts Vegas. (AP)

The Brooklyn Nets aren’t the odds-on favorites to win the NBA title, nor are they even close.

After the Cleveland Cavaliers completed a trade to acquire Kevin Love from the Minnesota Timberwolves, Vegas oddsmakers Bovada released updated NBA title odds for each team, which are as follows:

Cleveland Cavaliers 5/2
San Antonio Spurs 4/1
Chicago Bulls 11/2
Oklahoma City Thunder 6/1
Los Angeles Clippers 12/1
Houston Rockets 16/1
Dallas Mavericks 18/1
Golden State Warriors 22/1
Washington Wizards 33/1
Indiana Pacers 40/1
Miami Heat 40/1
Portland Trailblazers 40/1
Memphis Grizzlies 50/1
New York Knicks 50/1
Toronto Raptors 50/1
Charlotte Hornets 66/1
Los Angeles Lakers 66/1
Brooklyn Nets 66/1
Atlanta Hawks 100/1
Boston Celtics 100/1
Denver Nuggets 100/1
New Orleans Pelicans 100/1
Phoenix Suns 100/1
Minnesota Timberwolves 150/1
Detroit Pistons 200/1
Orlando Magic 200/1
Sacramento Kings 250/1
Utah Jazz 250/1
Milwaukee Bucks 300/1
Philadelphia 76ers 300/1

The Nets are right near the bottom, tied for 16th with the Los Angeles Lakers and Charlotte Hornets at 66-1 odds to win it all. They’re also running at 28-1 odds to win the Eastern Conference. Prior to LeBron James signing with the Cavaliers in early July, the Nets ran at 40-1 odds.

Last season, the Nets opened the season at 10-1 odds to win the title, mostly thanks to acquiring Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett from the Boston Celtics.

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