How Devin Booker’s Injury Changes Suns’ NBA Championship, Conference & Game 3 Odds

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  • The Suns aren't favorites anymore to win the Western Conference — or the Finals — after Booker's injury.
  • Their odds had been as long as -105 to win the Western Conference before Game 2. Now, they're second-best at +150 at FanDuel.
  • The Warriors are now the favorites to win it all at +270 and favorites to win the West at +115.

UPDATE: ESPN has reported that it's unlikely Booker makes the trip to New Orleans for Games 3 and 4. The Suns are currently just one-point favorites for Game 3, which is set to tip off on Friday.

Devin Booker went down with an injury to his right hamstring — not the one that kept him out for seven games in early December — and the Phoenix Suns are in a precarious position because of it.

The Suns had been trailing by just three points when Booker was pulled Game 2 against the New Orleans Pelicans. After pulling ahead with over seven minutes remaining with Book on the bench, Phoenix never regained the lead. Its 125-114 loss gives the Pelicans home court advantage heading into Game 3 of their No. 1 vs. No. 8 seed matchup.

Booker's injury was substantial for Game 2 and beyond, and it was consequential to the Suns' overall odds, too.

The Suns had been favorites at most American sportsbooks to win the NBA Championship before Game 2 — including as long as -115 at BetMGM — but their odds have dropped substantially

At FanDuel, Phoenix are now second-best underdogs to make the NBA Finals — substantial ones, at that. They moved from about even money to +125 after its Game 2 loss. Then, after it was announced that Booker may miss Games 3 and 4, their odds fell all the way to +170.

Before the Booker news, they had still been slight favorites over the Warriors, who have seen their odds drop to win the West drop from +400 before Game 1, +160 this morning and +115 on Wednesday afternoon.

Curiously, DraftKings has barely changed their odds. Theoretically, you could arbitrage odds on the Suns to win the West at FD (+170) with Warriors to win the West at DK (+175) if you're confident it'll be one or the other.

DraftKings has barely altered championship odds, too. The Suns are still +275 to win the NBA Championship, the same price they had before the Booker news. Those odds are down from +200, which was the price on Tuesday.

The Warriors (+400) and Bucks (+475) also trail closely behind.

At FanDuel, the Warriors are now championship favorites at +350. The Suns trail behind at +360, while the Bucks (+500) and Heat (+650) are top dogs in the East.

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