2020 NBA Title Odds: Rockets Line Shifts After Russell Westbrook, Thunder Trade

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorJuly 12, 2019

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - APRIL 9: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets drives past Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder on April 9, 2019 at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, OK. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Jeff Haynes/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The Houston Rockets' 2019-20 NBA championship odds have moved from 10-1 to 7-1 at Caesars Palace after acquiring Oklahoma City point guard Russell Westbrook.

Per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, OKC dealt the 2016-17 NBA MVP in exchange for nine-time All-Star Chris Paul, two first-round picks and a pair of first-round pick swaps.

Caesars Palace (h/t Patrick Everson of Covers) lists the Los Angeles Lakers as the title favorites at 7-2. The L.A. Clippers are right behind at 4-1, followed by the Milwaukee Bucks at 9-2. Houston is fourth on the championship odds ledger.

The Thunder have dropped to 150-1.

Houston figures to contend yet again with a dominant scoring duo of Westbrook and 2017-18 NBA MVP James Harden leading the way, and the team still has nightly double-double threat Clint Capela manning the post.

However, the Rockets will still be hard-pressed to emerge from the Western Conference. LeBron James and Anthony Davis' Lakers should be in the mix, and the 48-34 Clippers added two-time NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard and six-time All-Star Paul George.

The Western Conference finalist Portland Trail Blazers should make a postseason return, and the Utah Jazz reloaded in the offseason by adding point guard Mike Conley and wing Bojan Bogdanovic, among others.

Regardless, the move should make the Western Conference race far more competitive with numerous teams having the capability to reach and win the NBA Finals.

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