Paul George Injury News Moving 76ers-Thunder Spread, Over/Under
Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George
- Oklahoma City's Paul George will miss tonight's game (8 p.m. ET, TNT) against the Philadelphia 76ers due to an injured shoulder.
- Following the news of George's injury, oddsmakers quickly adjusted the spread and over/under for tonight's 76ers-Thunder matchup.
The Oklahoma City Thunder opened as 5.5-point home favorites for tonight’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers, and bettors pushed that number up to -7.5 as of 10:30 a.m. ET Thursday.
However, at approximately 1:47 p.m. ET, news broke that Thunder star Paul George will miss tonight’s game due to a shoulder injury.
Oddsmakers quickly adjusted the line down to Thunder -4. Since that time, the spread has ticked back up to Oklahoma City -4.5, suggesting George is worth 2.5 points to the spread.
Previous research done by The Action Network pegged George as worth two points to the spread before the start of the 2018-19 season. Considering he’s a legitimate MVP candidate, it’s not surprising that the market may now view him as a half-point more valuable to the spread than six months ago.
The over/under also required adjustment, falling from 240.5 to the current total of 238 following the news of George’s status.
At the time of writing, 51% of tickets and 77% of money wagered on the spread are backing Philly, while 48% of bets and 67% of money have come in on the over according to our public betting data.
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