Thunder: Ranked sixth in playoff odds
The Thunder ranks sixth in odds to win the NBA championship, according to bodog.com. The Thunder odds: 12-1. Don’t seem that long for a team that could have to go through Denver, San Antonio, the Lakers and whoever comes out of the East.
The list: Lakers 11-4, Miami 13-4, Chicago 7-2, San Antone 7-1, Boston 15-2, OKC 12-1, Dallas 18-1, Orlando 18-1, Denver 35-1, New York 45-1, Portland 50-1, Memphis 100-1, Atlanta 125-1, Philadelphia 150-1, New Orleans 175-1, Indiana 250-1.
A few thoughts: the idea that the Knickerbockers have a better chance than the Trail Blazers is just plain silly. Portland is a legit basketball team. New York is a mess. And the Lakers are the favorite because of popularity; they don’t have the best chance to win. Chicago and Miami clearly have the best shots. And the Thunder’s 12-1 odds are 50 percent better than the odds on the Mavericks and the Magic. Seems like they ought to be about the same. Finally, Indiana’s real odds to win should be about 5,000 to 1.
More odds: Western Conference champion? Lakers 1-1, Spurs 9-4, Thunder 13-2, Mavs 8-1, Nuggets 14-1, Blazers 25-1, Grizzlies 60-1, Hornets 80-1.
Odds on individual players becoming NBA Finals MVP: Kevin Durant 15-1, Russell Westbrook 30-1. Makes some sense.
Here’s a fun one: odds on exact NBA Finals matchups. Bulls-Lakers 9-2, Bulls-Spurs 15-2, Bulls-Thunder 18-1, Bulls-Mavs 22-1, Heat-Lakers 4-1, Heat-Spurs 7-1, Heat-Thunder 18-1, Heat-Mavs 40-1, Celtics-Lakers 8-1, Celtics-Spurs 12-1, Celtics-Thunder 30-1, Celtics-Mavs 35-1, Magic-Lakers 18-1, Magic-Spurs 30-1, Magic-Thunder 65-1, Magic-Mavs 80-1.
Wouldn’t Celtics-Thunder be fun? I mean, the Thunder might win by acclimation. I don’t know if Boston would be able to play against Kendrick Perkins.
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