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After reported Love trade agreement, Cavs are 5-2 title favorites

By Zach Harper | NBA writer

Would a Love trade make the Cavs the top title favorites?
Would a Kevin Love trade make the Cavs the top title favorites? (USATSI)

More on Kevin Love trade: Cavs, T-wolves reach agreement | Not binding until Aug. 23

With the report that the Cleveland Cavaliers have a pending agreement with the Minnesota Timberwolves to trade Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett, and a 2015 first-round pick for Kevin Love, oddsmakers Bovada are now putting the Cavaliers as 5-2 favorites to win the NBA championship.

Previously, the Cavs had been 4-1 favorites to win the title right after James' signing. The Spurs (5-1) and the Thunder (6-1) were right behind them.

Having a two-time champion in his prime in LeBron James returning to the organization certainly improves the title odds in the first place. And acquiring All-NBA forward Kevin Love (assuming the trade goes through as reported) to put next to LeBron is going to boost up your odds as well. But the concern some have that Love and Kyrie Irving have never been in an NBA playoff game doesn't appear to be hurting the Cavs' odds of winning the title with the oddsmakers.

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