With February approaching, Oklahoma City Thunder’s position outside of the Western Conference playoff picture is becoming a concern. Despite their outside status, the team is 14/1 to win the NBA Championship.
Few paid any attention when the franchise got off to a slow start. After all, the team was losing because both Kevin Durant and Westbrook were sidelined with long term injuries. Well, Westbrook has battled back to superstar form, but his teammate hasn’t.
Though Durant has played well since returning from his foot injury in December, he’s missed more time with two subsequent injuries. Though there’s nothing impacting his long-term health, it’s troublesome when betting on the NBA.
The Thunder is 10th in the Western Conference with a 23-22 record straight up and 20-23-2 against the spread. All told, the team is dangerous, but they haven’t flourished the way they were expected to.
Westbrook’s 24.7 PPG, 6.0 RPG and 7.6 APG are some of the best basketball stats we’ve seen in a while, but Durant’s 24 missed games limit the impact of his teammate’s fantastic season. Should the reigning MVP regain form and start contributing as much as Westbrook has, Oklahoma City would no doubt rise in the sportsbook’s ranks.
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