The Denver Nuggets are fifth in the Western Conference and just two games back from the fourth-seeded Los Angeles Lakers on deadline day. Most of their success has been a product of MVP candidate Nikola Jokic, but the Mile High City got a lot better by adding to talent to its starting frontcourt on Thursday. The Nuggets sent rookie guard RJ Hampton, Gary Harris, and a protected 2025 first-round pick to the Orlando Magic for Aaron Gordon. Let’s take a look at how their latest acquisition is expected to help them in the eyes of oddsmakers.
Denver Nuggets odds
Championship odds: +1600
Odds to win West: +900
Denver’s title odds were +2000 ahead of the deadline, so it’s clear that Gordon joining up is seen as a significant move. The Nuggets downgraded at power forward in major way when they lost Jerami Grant to the Detroit Pistons in free agency. No combination of JaMychal Green and Paul Millsap has been able to replace the young swingman’s production. It’s unclear how he’ll fit with Michael Porter Jr. playing heavy minutes at the 4, but his greatest strength is his versatility. Denver’s odds to win the Western Conference haven’t moved from +900, but that could change soon.
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