The Doc Rivers Effect... (Shift in Vegas Title Odds)

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Rivers hiring quickly changes Clippers' odds

By Arash Markazi | Jun 24, 2013 5:07 PM

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Clippers' acquisition of coach Doc Rivers in a deal with the Boston Celtics not only made the Clippers the talk of the town in Hollywood but vaulted them into championship contender status in Las Vegas.

After Rivers officially became the Clippers' coach on Monday, L.A. moved from 15-to-1 odds to win the NBA championship next season to 10-to-1, according to R.J. Bell, founder of

The Clippers are only behind the Miami Heat (3-to-1) and the Oklahoma City Thunder (7-to-1) as favorites to win the title next season. The San Antonio Spurs are also 10-to-1. Bell takes a consensus of the sports books in Las Vegas for his odds.

"It's a significant move," Bell said. "There are only a handful of coaches in the NBA that would affect the odds to that degree, with Doc Rivers being one of them. Going from 15-to-1 to 10-to-1 is a pretty big move for a coach."

If the Clippers were also able to land Kevin Garnett and/or Paul Pierce in addition to Rivers, they may be able to give the Thunder a run for their money as the favorites in the Western Conference to face the Heat in the Finals next season.

"If they were able to add Garnett or Pierce without giving up much, it would be significant," Bell said. "I think Pierce is worth more than people think. He's probably underrated. As it is, at 10-to-1, only the Heat and Thunder have clearly better odds than the Clippers."

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It's not brand new, but I didn't see it on any other threads.

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interesting but despite our great coach addition gotta fill in roster spots

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exactly! without a wing player and better center we are another second round exit team. Sterling and co cannot rest thinking this is a championship team as is.

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I was heading Vegas Sunday morning when odds were actually 20-1. By the time I arrived at 4 pm,odds changed to 8-1. After shopping around for best odds, I was able to find 10-1 at Cosmopolitan. I decided to lay $100 on the Clips winning it all next season.Doc's deal at that specific time may end up costing $1000 if the Clips can win the title.

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He will make the gameday threads more enjoyable

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