Soon, someone will be posting odds on who will be representing the Golden State Warriors at the NBA draft lottery. A whole lot can change in one night, as we learned Wednesday when Steph Curry broke his hand.
After opening the season with the fifth-best odds to win the NBA championship, the Warriors were dropped to an astounding +16000 by FanDuel Sportsbook overnight. Those are the same odds as the hapless Orlando Magic, and higher odds than the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Can you say: “Season over?”
Warriors tickets turn to dust
Twice as much money was bet on the Lakers to win the NBA title at the Westgate Superbook as has been bet on any other team, and Golden State had attracted the second-most money, including a $10,000 bet at +1400 odds.
Curry suffered a broken left hand against the Phoenix Suns when center Aron Baynes landed atop of him on a drive to the bucket. Curry fell to the floor, and Baynes landed on his left arm as Curry tried to brace himself. Curry drew a foul on the play but did not shoot the free throws, and there was no word as of Thursday afternoon how long Curry will be sidelined. He underwent a CT scan to determine the severity of the injury.
The Warriors are currently having a specialist review the scan results, and if surgery is required, he’ll likely be looking at a 4-6 week absence. That timetable will be significantly reduced if he’s able to avoid surgery, but this will only be possible if he sustained a non-displaced fracture.
Whatever the case, the Warriors are toast. The loss dropped them to 1-3, and with Klay Thompson likely out for the season and three centers currently injured, teams are circling the Dubs on the schedules as an easy win.
Quite a change of fortune for a team that went to the last five NBA finals, eh?
The Warriors likely will turn to newcomer in 2019 All-Star guard D’Angelo Russell to lead the offense. However, the rocky start and bad luck is just another big blow to this team, which entered the season with an expected win total of 47.5.
Have a watch and prepare to grimace:
For those who placed wagers on teams other than the Warriors, this was not a bad thing. There was a school of thought that Curry and Green would be able to carry the team to one of the top eight spots in the Western Conference, and that Thompson might be ready to return in time for the playoffs. And in the postseason, experience counts more than the casual fan might realize.
Instead, Warriors fans are going to see a whole lot of Russell, and it remains to be seen whether they will try to trade Green while his value is sky-high to reduce their committed team payroll of nearly $140 million for next season.
Hey, a rebuild might require such a thing. And in the meantime, Warriors fans are advised to pay extra close attention to Washington Huskies games as they await the draft lottery.
At the Westgate, head oddsmaker Jeff Sherman moved them to 100-1 following their loss to Oklahoma City, and the sportsbook took two tickets. Following Curry’s injury, they went to 200-1.
“I went into the season after watching them in the preseason and didn’t like what I saw, and I told myself that if Curry goes out there is a chance of them not winning a game,” Sherman said. “Now that Curry is out, it’s going to be a freefall.”
Yes it is. And it is unsettling to all NBA fans, but especially those who had their money on the Dubs.