Klay Thompson Injury Sends Warriors 2020 NBA Title Odds Plummeting

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Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Klay Thompson.

Jun 15, 2019, 12:30 AM EDT
  • Though they were the +350 favorites to win the 2020 NBA title last night, the Warriors have fallen to +1400 overnight.
  • Klay Thompson's torn ACL diagnosis surely has a lot to do with the odds change, as he joins fellow star and upcoming free agent Kevin Durant on the shelf for most of, if not all of the upcoming season.

Last night, the Warriors handed the NBA title off to the Raptors. Some felt it was the end of their dynasty, but they still remained the 2020 championship favorites, as Westgate had them at +350 — slightly ahead of the Lakers (+500) and Bucks (+600).

While you were sleeping, however, Klay Thompson was diagnosed with a torn ACL. Though both he and Kevin Durant could leave Golden State via free agency this summer, injury or not, it’s clear that they’ll miss most of, if not all of the upcoming season even if they stay.

It appears as if it could be the Steph Curry and Draymond Green show in San Francisco next year — perhaps add DeMarcus Cousins to the mix if he re-signs this summer.

As a result of the latest news, the Warriors’ odds have plummeted overnight to +1400! That represents a 15.5% drop in implied probability in less than 15 and a half hours. Perhaps their dynasty has indeed come to an end …


There are seven teams in the league with better odds than them. This swing in the odds also marks the first time in a while that the league hasn’t been very top-heavy in terms of a title favorite. Over the past few years, we’ve gotten used to the Warriors having title odds around +100 or even being odds-on favorites for months at a time.

We’ll see how free agency shakes out, but the league could definitely have some more parity next year when it comes to title odds.

With Golden State falling precipitously, the Lakers are your new 2020 NBA Title favorites. Oddsmakers at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook also have high hopes for the Clippers this offseason, as they are tied with Milwaukee at +600 for second best odds.

The majority of Western Conference their chances bump up a bit with the Warriors dropping and there are now eight teams in the West with title odds of 25-1 or shorter.

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