Despite a record of 5-1 over its past 6 games overall through Sunday’s victory over Miami, the Oklahoma City Thunder had its odds to win the 2015 NBA Championship lengthened from last week’s 8 to 1 to this week’s 30 to 1.
On Friday, it was revealed that scoring machine Kevin Durant stopped all activities related to basketball because of a setback in his recovery from his foot injury.
If Oklahoma City is going to reach the playoffs, they will have to without their best player. Thunder general managers Sam Presti said late last week Durant was out for an indefinite period. That news comes only one day after Durant sat out of practice due to soreness in this foot.
Presti added that Durant was not making progress the way we had hoped and were expecting. Presti did not say the length of time Durant would sit out, but it was not as if they were expecting him back soon.
The goal said Presti is to get him on the court again healthy whenever that happens to be. If that is the rest of this regular season, or the playoffs, that is what it will be.
Durant has not played for the Thunder since February 19. He has averaged 25.4 points a game in his 27 games played this season. The Thunder is 38-30 and in the eighth and final spot in the Western Conference, but by only a single game.
While Cleveland remains at the top of the futures board as the favorite to win an NBA title this season, Golden State has closed the gap between the two teams over last week.
Cleveland has won 9 of 12 games during March and has played better as the season has progressed. Golden State has the NBA’ best overall record and is 10-1 in its past 11 games after defeating Washington on Monday night. The Atlanta Hawks still lead the Eastern Conference by 8 games over Cleveland but have lost three straight games and have cooled off a bit from earlier in the season.
2014-05 NBA Championship Odds
CLEVELAND CAVALIERS 7-4
GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS 3 to 1
SAN ANTONIO SPURS 7 to 1
ATLANTA HAWKS 8 to 1
MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES 10 to 1
LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS 12 to 1
HOUSTON ROCKETS 18 to 1
CHICAGO BULLS 18 to 1
DALLAS MAVERICKS 30 to 1
PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS 30 to 1
OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER 30 to 1
TORONTO RAPTORS 30 to 1