Are the Wolves Better Bets Without Love, It’s usually pretty bad news when your best player forces his way out of town. But the Minnesota Timberwolves aren’t sweating it after trading disgruntled big man Kevin Love (26.9 PER) to the Cleveland Cavaliers. If anything, this trade should help the Timberwolves beat the NBA odds this year. Maybe not on the NBA championship futures market, where the Wolves have fallen from 66/1 at the open to 150/1 post-trade, but certainly on the day-to-day basketball lines.All things considered, Minnesota got a nice haul for Love. Here are the specs:To Cleveland: Kevin LoveTo Minnesota: Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett, Thaddeus YoungTo Philadelphia: Luc Mbah a Moute, Alexey Shved, Cleveland’s 2015 first-round pickFrom a basketball betting perspective, this trade makes Minnesota a strong “follow” candidate for next season. daftar sbobet Casual fans who bet on the NBA will take one look at the deal and assume the Timberwolves have gone into the tank. But look again: Mbah a Moute (7.5 PER) and Shved (10.2 PER) are the other two players Minnesota is giving up.
There’s no question who is the best current player in this deal, but as a trio, the new Wolves might already be better than the group they’re replacing.The known commodity in this trade is no slouch. Young (16.6 PER) is an athletic power forward whose numbers took a hit with last year’s nightmare 76ers, but he’s shown he can play close to an All-Star level, and Young has also managed to stay healthy for most of his seven years in the Association. He’ll take Love’s spot in the rotation and not look awful in comparison.The big NBA betting question for 2014-2015 is how Wiggins and Bennett will produce. Wiggins (21.4 PER) went No. 1 overall at the 2014 Draft, although it was after his Kansas Jayhawks teammate, Joel Embiid (28.2 PER), needed surgery on a broken bone in his foot. There’s some concern Wiggins doesn’t have the killer instinct to make it at this level, which could be a commonality between him and LeBron James.
Will they have similar rookie seasons? If so, the Wolves should end up crushing the basketball odds. James posted an 18.3 PER in his NBA debut, and that’s a reasonable benchmark for someone of Wiggins’ caliber.Then you have Bennett, the first pick in the much-maligned 2013 Draft. He’s the kind of undervalued player that sharps pay close attention to when they’re betting on the NBA. Very little is expected of Bennett after an injury-filled (and snack-filled) rookie campaign, where he produced a cover-your-eyes 6.9 PER and minus-0.4 Win Shares. However, Bennett is in much better condition for 2014, and the pressure is off now that he’s playing in Minnesota. Things can only go up from here.