Mavericks and Wizards Make 7-Player Trade

December 1, 2010 Sports Betting

Sports betting had the Dallas Mavericks and Washington Wizards making a major trade a few days ago that could give Dallas a major boost.

The Mavericks have been a bit of an online sports betting disappointment but they got Caron Butler, Brendan Haywood and DeShawn Stevenson from Washington in a seven-player trade.

Sports betting could see Butler really help the Mavericks. He is averaging 16.9 points per game this season and he has been even better than that in the past.  He will immediately upgrade the Mavericks frontcourt. Haywood is also a player that could help Dallas. He is averaging 9.8 points and a career-high 10.4 rebounds per game. He is also averaging 2.1 blocks per game as sports betting stats indicate.

Washington gets Josh Howard, Drew Gooden, Quinton Ross and James Singleton as part of the deal. Howard is a former All-Star but has averaged just 12.5 points per game this season.  He could improve dramatically since he is going to get a lot of playing time in Washington.  Gooden is really just a throw-in player. He was averaging a career-low 8.9 points along with 6.9 rebounds per game.  

It is going to be interesting to watch both Dallas and Washington in the second half of the NBA sports betting season.  The Wizards have been a mess since the Gilbert Arenas situation while Dallas has been a disappointment.  It could be that both teams are helped in sports betting by this trade.

Dallas leads the Southwest Division but they were not considered a serious threat to Los Angeles in the Western Conference.  The Mavericks are 32-20 straight up and 21-31 against the sports betting odds.  They have been terrible at home vs. the online sports betting number at sportsbook as they are 5-19.  They could be improved with the addition of Butler.

Washington is 17-33 and 19-29-2 vs. the online sports betting lines at the sportsbook.  The Wizards have also struggled at home vs. the sports betting number as they are 9-16.  They are going to miss Butler but perhaps Howard can regain his All-Star form and help Washington in online sports betting. "We’re getting some quality players here," Washington president Ernie Grunfeld said. "Josh Howard was an all-star a few years ago and Drew Gooden was a starter for a team that went to the NBA Finals. We get some very solid players, players who are going to come in and give us some freshness. At the same time it does give us more flexibility down the road."