If at the start of the season the Golden State Warriors are seen as the team to beat, the situation might have already drastically changed with the recent injury suffered by Kevin Durant. KD injured his left knee during their game against the Washington Wizards which the Dubs lost 112-108. Could this be a premonition for their NBA championship odds 2017?
The Dubs Chances Were Very High Prior To KD's Injury
Early in the recent 2016-17conference, the NBA championship odds 2017 for the Dubs were very high. And with the acquisition of KD, their chances even got higher. The bookmakers thought that KD sealed the deal and posted their title odds last October 2017. But that is now water under the bridge with KD's recent injury.
KD Does Not Know When He's Going To Return
The Dubs PR revealed the condition of KD in a recent tweet. It was confirmed that KD has sustained a tibial bone bruise and a Grade 2 MCL. A re-evaluation of his condition is scheduled in four weeks. The thing is: KD has no return schedule as of this time. That means the Warriors cannot count on his help in their upcoming games and their campaign to boost their NBA championship odds 2017.
Other Teams' Odds Were Affected
With Durant on the sidelines, odd makers made adjustments to the Warriors chances of reaching the conference finals. Correspondingly, the other teams in the Western Conference were also affected in their NBA championship odds 2017. The Utah Jazz, for example, dropped from 80/1 to 50/1 just because of KD's injury. On the other hand, the Houston Rockets moved from 25/1 to 20/1.
The Dubs Are Still Title Contenders
This is the area of NBA championship odds 2017 that most basketball fans have not yet realized. However, there are still many odd makers that believe the Dubs will still be the most probable winner of the NBA 2017 title. Even with Durant's recent injury, the Dubs chances of winning the NBA title are still promising.