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Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Championship Odds: How Donovan Mitchell Trade Boosts Cavaliers' Title Odds

The Cleveland Cavaliers have solidified themselves in the upper-half of the NBA's Eastern Conference after acquiring all-star guard, Donovan Mitchell from the Utah Jazz. Let's see how the trade has affected the Cavaliers' NBA Championship odds.
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Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Championship Odds: How Donovan Mitchell Trade Boosts Cavs Title Odds

The NBA's Eastern Conference landscape was shaken up Thursday afternoon as the Utah Jazz traded all-star guard, Donovan Mitchell to the Cleveland Cavaliers for a massive package of players and picks.

The trade details are as follows:

Cleveland Cavaliers Receive:

  • G - Donovan Mitchell

Utah Jazz Receive:

  • G - Collin Sexton (agrees to sign-and-trade extension with Jazz)
  • G - Ochair Agbaji
  • F - Lauri Markkanen
  • 2025 First-Round Pick (unprotected)
  • 2026 First-Round Pick (swap)
  • 2027 First-Round Pick (unprotected)
  • 2028 First-Round Pick (swap)
  • 2029 First-Round Pick (unprotected)

The trade will now see the Cavaliers surge from a young team with potential, to potentially contending in the Eastern Conference. With the possibility of a Darius Garland, Donovan Mitchell, Isaac Okoro, Evan Mobley, and Jarrett Allen starting five, that could match most in the now vaunted NBA's East. However, while a backcourt of Garland and Mitchell is certainly box office, it leaves much to be desired on the defensive end when trying to compete with the likes of the hardened defensive mentality of the reigning conference champions, the Boston Celtics as well as the 2020 NBA Champion, Milwaukee Bucks when the playoffs roll around.

Let's take a closer look on how the Cavs' odds have shifted since the news of the Mitchell trade broke.

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Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Championship Odds

WhenOddsImplied Chance
Before Trade+50001.96%
After Trade+30003.23%

Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Championship Odds Breakdown

While Cavaliers fans and media-alike are rightfully excited for what Darius Garland, Donovan Mitchell, and co. can do, the Cavs will still have to deal with the conference's heavyweights in the form of the Celtics, Bucks, and recently reunited Nets. However, Garland and Mitchell immediately become one of, if not the best backcourt in the entire NBA on the offensive side of the court. Following the news of the deal, the Cavs have surged from 10th to 6th when it comes to Eastern Conference teams' chances to win the 2022-23 NBA Championship.

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