Celtics Emerge as Co-Title Favorites After Malcolm Brogdon Trade

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  • The Boston Celtics have moved up as co-favorites or solo favorites to win the 2023 NBA championship after acquiring Malcolm Brogdon.
  • Boston acquired Brogdon without giving up significant assets, thus elevating their status as championship contenders.
  • Brogdon averaged 19.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 5.9 assists per game last season for the Indiana Pacers.

The reshuffling of the 2023 NBA championship odds board continued on Friday as old faces moved to new places.

Teams like the Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns, Miami Heat New York Knicks and Atlanta Hawks were the early beneficiaries of free agency as they have seen their championship odds improve. You can add the Boston Celtics to the list.

Boston acquired the 2017 NBA Rookie of the Year from the Indiana Pacers without giving up a significant asset, literally giving up a mere bag of chips to add a valuable piece to their championship puzzle.

Following Brogdon’s acquisition, the Celtics immediately jumped to the top of the 2023 NBA championship betting boards, and are now co-favorites or solo favorites to win the Larry O’Brien Trophy next season, depending on which of the top NBA betting sites you are looking at.

Celtics Become Co-Title Favorites After Brogdon Trade

As of the latest 2023 championship odds boards, the Celtics have moved up as the co-favorites with the Phoenix Suns to win the 2023 NBA title at +650 via the Las Vegas SuperBook. The Celtics and Suns are also both listed at +600 via Caesars Sportsbook and +550 apiece at Bet365 USA and Unibet.

Meanwhile, the DraftKings Sportsbook has Boston as the solo +550 favorite and Phoenix as +600 second favorites. At BetMGM, Boston is also the odds-on-favorite at +550 with the Milwaukee Bucks and Suns trailing them at +600. Similarly, MyBookie.ag lists Boston at +550 with Phoenix chasing them at +570 odds.

Boston’s shortest title odds are at +500 via the FanDuel Sportsbook and Barstool Sportsbook. The Suns are listed at +550 at Barstool and +600 via FanDuel. The longest title odds for Boston are at the BetOnline App and SportsBetting.ag where they are at +625, with Phoenix slightly ahead of them with their +625 odds.

Missing Piece to a Title Team?

But while the Suns are on top because of mere speculation – because they are the current odds-on favorite to land Kevin Durant after KD requested a trade from the Brooklyn Nets, the Celtics are there because they have already acquired the piece that could make them NBA champions next season.

While Brogdon doesn’t bring the Kyrie Irving or Kevin Durant effect to the Celtics, he adds depth to a Celtics team that lost the 2022 NBA Finals after the Warriors’ bench outplayed their reserves in the series. Brogdon can make a case to start for the Celtics but would be a huge factor for the team if he comes off the bench and contributes his usual production.

Turnovers and poor free-throw shooting plagued the Celtics in the 2022 NBA Finals. Brogdon averages just 1.8 turnovers per game in his entire NBA career and is an 88.1% career free-throw shooter. You can make an argument that if Brogdon played for the Celtics during the 2022 NBA Finals, the outcome could have been different.

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Shane Acedera / Author

Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.

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