The most frantic stretch of the NBA regular season has come and gone! The NBA trade deadline passed without any major moves last week. A few trades had already been made DeMarcus Cousins became a member of the Pelicans, Lou Williams is a Houston Rocket, but in general not much more went down outside of a flurry of moves on the fringes. The biggest news is what didn’t happen: The Celtics held on to their assets, leaving Paul George in Indiana and Jimmy Butler in Chicago.
With the NBA trade deadline behind, the stretch run of the 2016-17 NBA campaign is officially underway. While the actual deadline itself may have been a bit of a dud, the biggest moves that were made have already had a big impact at the betting window.
Philadelphia 76ers trade Nerlens Noel to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for Justin Anderson, Andrew Bogut and a heavily protected 2017 first-round pick.
Team SU record since T. DL ATS record since T.DL
Philadelphia 76ers 1-3 3-1
Dallas Mavericks 2-2 3-1
Many people in NBA circles were surprised when the 76ers decided to move on from Noel due to the relatively low return coming back to the City of Brotherly Love, but Sixers general manager Bryan Colangelo firmly committed to a future with Joel Embiid at the five spot. Unfortunately for Philly, it was announced this week that the dominant Cameroon native would miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.
Philadelphia has been getting the job done when it comes to covering the spread, though, as the squad has gone 3-1 ATS since dealing Noel. This trade was a home run for Noel since he’ll automatically become the main man in the Mavericks’ weak frontcourt.
Interestingly enough, the 76ers have gone 8-1 ATS in their last nine without Embiid on the floor and 17-12 ATS on the year with the big man sidelined.
Chicago Bulls trade Taj Gibson, Doug McDermott and a 2018 second-round pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Cameron Payne, Joffrey Lauvergne and Anthony Morrow.
Team SU record since T.DL ATS record since T.DL
Chicago Bulls 2-1 2-1
Oklahoma City Thunder 3-0 3-0
The Thunder pulled off what’s been widely considered one of the best deals of this year’s trade deadline by acquiring the sharpshooting Doug McDermott and the ever-reliable Taj Gibson from the Bulls, and they haven’t looked back since. OKC rattled off victories over the Los Angeles Lakers, New Orleans Pelicans and Utah Jazz with McDermott and Gibson in the fold, as the pair have greatly contributed to a team that desperately needed secondary scoring when Enes Kanter was injured.
The Bulls are 2-1 SU and ATS since the trade deadline and are clinging to the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference, however, this team is not designed for a playoff run with its current makeup.
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