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Saturday / June 24.
  • Warriors Still Favored to Win NBA Title Despite Durant Injury

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    The Golden State Warriors are still favored to win the NBA championship despite the injury to Kevin Durant, per Bovada.

    “Even though Durant’s injury may be a major one, the fact that the Warriors were favorites last year without him is the reason Durant’s injury does not affect their Championship odds that much,” said Kevin Bradley, Sports Book Manager for Bovada.lov. “Plus, with the strong possibility of Durant returning for the playoffs, the odds only went from -175 to -150 and the Warriors are still the clear favorites. If he were on any other team aside from the Cavaliers, those odds would have dropped drastically.”

    The Warriors’ current odds to win it all are 2/3, while LeBron James and the defending champion Cavaliers are at 3/1.

    The Warriors announced Wednesday that Durant suffered a Grade 2 MCL sprain and a tibial bone bruise on Tuesday night and would be reevaluated in four weeks.

    Meantime, James Harden of the Houston Rockets and Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder remain co-favorites to win NBA MVP honors at 10/11.

    Odds to win 2016-17 NBA Championship (Teams in red have longer odds, teams in blue have shorter odds, and teams in black stayed the same)          

    2/1/17               Current Odds (3/1/17)  

    Golden State Warriors                           5/7                    2/3

    Cleveland Cavaliers                               13/5                  3/1

    San Antonio Spurs                                15/2                  7/1

    Houston Rockets                                  16/1                  14/1

    Boston Celtics                                      33/1                  16/1

    Los Angeles Clippers                            14/1                  33/1

    Toronto Raptors                                    25/1                  33/1

    Washington Wizards                              66/1                  50/1

    Utah Jazz                                             66/1                  66/1

    Memphis Grizzlies                                 100/1                100/1

    Oklahoma City Thunder                          66/1                  100/1

    Atlanta Hawks                                       75/1                  150/1

    Chicago Bulls                                        100/1                200/1

    Indiana Pacers                                      100/1                200/1

    New Orleans Pelicans                            Off the Board    200/1

    Denver Nuggets                                    300/1                300/1

    Dallas Mavericks                                   Off the Board    500/1

    Detroit Pistons                                      200/1                500/1

    Miami Heat                                            Off the Board    500/1

    Milwaukee Bucks                                   200/1                500/1

    Portland Trail Blazers                             300/1                500/1

    Sacramento Kings                                 Off the Board    500/1

    Charlotte Hornets                                  200/1                750/1

    Brooklyn Nets                                       Off the Board    Off the Board

    Los Angeles Lakers                               Off the Board    Off the Board

    Minnesota Timberwolves                        Off the Board    Off the Board

    New York Knicks                                   200/1                Off the Board

    Orlando Magic                                      300/1                Off the Board

    Philadelphia 76ers                                 Off the Board    Off the Board

    Phoenix Suns                                        Off the Board    Off the Board

    Orlando Magic                                      Off the Board    Off the Board

    Conference Odds

    2016-17 Eastern Conference Champion (Teams in red have longer odds, teams in blue have shorter odds, and teams in black stayed the same) 

    2/1/17               Current Odds (3/1/17)  

    Cleveland Cavaliers                   2/7                    1/3

    Boston Celtics                          9/1                    7/1

    Toronto Raptors                        6/1                    15/2

    Washington Wizards                  22/1                  10/1

    Atlanta Hawks                           22/1                  33/1

    Indiana Pacers                          33/1                  40/1

    Chicago Bulls                            33/1                  50/1

    Detroit Pistons                          66/1                  100/1

    Miami Heat                                75/1                  100/1

    Milwaukee Bucks                       66/1                  100/1

    Charlotte Hornets                      66/1                  200/1

    Brooklyn Nets                           Off the Board    Off the Board

    New York Knicks                       50/1                  Off the Board

    Orlando Magic                          Off the Board    Off the Board

    Philadelphia 76ers                     Off the Board    Off the Board

     

    2016-17 Western Conference Champion (Teams in red have longer odds, teams in blue have shorter odds, and teams in black stayed the same) 

    2/1/17               Current Odds (3/1/17)  

    Golden State Warriors               2/5                    2/5

    San Antonio Spurs                    4/1                    13/4

    Houston Rockets                      9/1                    8/1

    Los Angeles Clippers                7/1                    18/1

    Utah Jazz                                  33/1                  33/1

    Memphis Grizzlies                     40/1                  50/1

    Oklahoma City Thunder              33/1                  50/1

    New Orleans Pelicans                Off the Board    100/1

    Denver Nuggets                        100/1                200/1

    Portland Trail Blazers                 100/1                250/1

    Sacramento Kings                     Off the Board    300/1

    Dallas Mavericks                       Off the Board    Off the Board

    Los Angeles Lakers                   Off the Board    Off the Board

    Minnesota Timberwolves            Off the Board    Off the Board

    Phoenix Suns                            Off the Board    Off the Board

     

    Who will win the 2016 – 2017 NBA MVP (Players in red have longer odds, players in blue have shorter odds, and players in black stayed the same)

    2/1/17               Current Odds (3/1/17)  

    James Harden                           10/11                10/11

    Russell Westbrook                    5/4                    10/11

    LeBron James                           11/1                  12/1

    Kawhi Leonard                          12/1                  16/1

    Isaiah Thomas                           Off the Board    16/1

    Kevin Durant                             12/1                  Off the Board

    2017 NBA Rookie of the Year – Odds to Win

    **These odds are currently off the board.

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    Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.