2021 NBA championship odds: How Celtics stack up after Jrue Holiday trade

Darren Hartwell
·2 min read

2021 NBA title odds: How C's stack up in East after Holiday trade originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

The Boston Celtics can ill afford to rest on their laurels this offseason.

The Celtics just reached the Eastern Conference finals for the third time in four years and have two young franchise cornerstones in Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.

But their top competitors aren't just sitting idly by. The Milwaukee Bucks reportedly have agreed to trades for New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday and Sacramento Kings forward Bogdan Bogdanovic to give reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo an even stronger supporting cast.

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Meanwhile, James Harden apparently seems set on forming a star-studded "Big Three" with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving on the Brooklyn Nets.

So, which clubs are best positioned to win the 2021 NBA championship? While the Los Angeles Lakers are favored to repeat, the Bucks and Nets are right on their heels. Odds provided by our partner PointsBet.

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Those odds have shifted slightly since Monday night, with the Nets jumping the Los Angeles Clippers for the third-best title chances. The Celtics, meanwhile, have the league's seventh-best championship odds at +1500.

Here are the top 10 teams with the best title odds as of Tuesday, per PointsBet:

Los Angeles Lakers (+330)

Milwaukee Bucks (+450)

Brooklyn Nets (+600)

Los Angeles Clippers (+700)

Golden State Warriors (+750)

Miami Heat (+1300)

Boston Celtics (+1500)

Toronto Raptors (+2000)

Dallas Mavericks (+2200)

Philadelphia 76ers (+2800)

These odds could change significantly over the next several days with the 2020 NBA Draft set for Wednesday night and free agency beginning Friday.

The Celtics reportedly are looking to trade their three first-round picks (No. 14, No. 26 and No. 30) to potentially move up in the draft and also may try to find a trade partner for Gordon Hayward, who has until 5 p.m. ET on Tuesday to pick up or decline his player option.

If the C's stand pat, however, they may face an uphill climb in a talented Eastern Conference that features five of the league's top seven title contenders.