The Oklahoma City Thunder were fifth in the Western Conference with a record of 40-24 when the 2019-20 NBA season was suspended. Below, we look at the BetMGM betting odds of the Thunder winning the NBA Championship once play resumes with a 22-team format in Orlando, Fla. later this summer.
Oklahoma City Thunder season recap
The Thunder were the hottest team in the NBA at the time of the shutdown, winning eight of their last 10 games, including their last three before the break. It helped them jump all the way to the fifth seed, which guarantees them a playoff spot in the West.
This isn’t the star-studded Thunder team of years past, with SG Shai Gilgeous-Alexander leading the team in scoring at 19.3 points per game, closely followed by PF Danilo Gallinari at 19.2 PPG and PG Dennis Schroeder at 19.0.
PG Chris Paul is averaging 17.7 points and 6.8 assists per game, too, helping lead a relatively young Thunder team in the gauntlet that is the Western Conference.
Against the spread, the Thunder were great, going 40-24, including 23-8 away from home.
Oklahoma City Thunder NBA Championship odds
The Thunder may have been one of the hottest teams in the league before play was halted, but that doesn’t mean they’re among the favorites to win the NBA title this year. They’re currently +10000 to be the last team standing, 13th among all teams left in the mix. The Houston Rockets, who have the same 40-24 record, are +1200, for comparison, which is fourth-best.
The oddsmakers just don’t see the Thunder being legitimate contenders, especially with how tough the path to the NBA Finals in the West will be. They have to go through too many good teams in order to even reach the Finals, and then they’ll have to beat someone like the Milwaukee Bucks, Boston Celtics or Toronto Raptors, most likely.
I’d PASS on this bet because the Thunder simply don’t have the top-end talent to knock off the top teams in the league.
Oklahoma City Thunder Western Conference odds
The Thunder have the seventh-best odds to win the Western Conference at +6000, but there’s a big drop-off from the fifth-ranked Mavericks (+1800) and Oklahoma City. That suggests a real lack of confidence in the Thunder heading into the playoffs.
If they finish in the bottom half of the conference’s playoff seeding, they’ll have to face a team such as the Utah Jazz, Denver Nuggets, or possibly the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round.
It just isn’t shaping up to be a long playoff run for the Thunder, which is why they’re NOT worth a bet to win the West.
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