The Impact of Kevin Durant’s Injury Heading into 2014-2015

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There are few things that can shake NBA odds like an injury to a world class player. Basketball fans saw exactly that over the weekend as it was announced that Kevin Durant would miss as many as 10 weeks recovering from a fracture in his foot. Don’t be surprised if Oklahoma City supporters are suddenly less optimistic.
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Durant was last year’s MVP, and without him, the Thunder will lose an imposing two-way threat that averaged 32.0 PPG, 7.4 RPG and 5.5 APG. Suffice it to say, oddsmakers are taking precaution to ensure the franchise is valued accurately heading into the season. They are currently 7/1 to win the championship.
On one hand, Durant’s injury makes the Thunder far less appealing on the NBA futures market. On the other hand, the superstar could be back in the line up as soon as early December, bringing great value to anyone who took the longer odds.
One thing to pay attention to during Durant’s time on the mend is how his teammates step up. Russell Westbrook made a case for himself as one of the league’s best No. 2 options, but that doesn’t always translate into success in the No. 1 spot.
It’s hard to say for sure what to make of the Oklahoma City Thunder as a basketball betting option. Perhaps we’ll find out what they’re truly made of with Durant on the sidelines.
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