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Denver’s Odds

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Sometimes it’s interesting to go looking for information on the internet without any particular point in mind. This is the recent trading history of a Tradesports contract that pays off if the Denver Nuggets win the Western Conference Championship. Obviously, the betting community liked the trade. But they didn’t like it that much. You can buy San Antonio at 30, Dallas at 24, Phoenix at 21.9, and Houston at 9.3, and Utah at 8.2 — Denver’s 6.5 just barely edges out the Lakers at 5.8, which seems a bit absurd to me. I’m not super-optimistic about this deal, but Denver already has a slightly better record than Houston and, at a minimum, you’ve got to figure the trade definitively puts them above the Rockets, Lakers, and other Western Conference also-rans.