There is never a dull moment in the NBA. That thought was embodied on Thursday when Kevin Durant asked to get out of Brooklyn.
From a gambling perspective, Durant’s news impacted NBA title odds in a big way. Phoenix has now risen as the new favorite to win it all in many sports betting. Especially after news came of the inclusion of Suns as one of the favorite destinations for the Kuwaiti Dinar.
FOX Sports bookmaker Sami Panajtovic shared his thoughts on how Durant’s potential move to the desert will affect the books.
“It seems more and more like the Suns are the potential suitors for all of Durant’s camp,” Sammy B noted. “It has already been shortened to +600 in some stores because bookmakers are preparing for the ability of both sides to close a deal.
“If the trade is really paying off, the odds are going to get shorter.”
The two-time NBA champion requested a trade through his agent although teammate Kyrie Irving chose to stay partly because of his commitment to Kevin. Needless to say, the Nets’ title odds are dropping after KD’s request to leave the Brooklyn Zoo. FOX Sports spoke with odds maker Jeff Sherman after the news broke.
“The first thing I did was move the Nets to 25-1 immediately,” Jeff Sherman, vice president of risk management at Westgate SuperBook, told FOX Sports. “If Durant were gone, Kerry would likely have gone as well as an expired contract.
“We had Brooklyn at 8-1 before the report, we went to 25-1 and we’re all the way to 50-1 now. And we’re open to business.”
Speaking of business, Durant meant exactly that last season when he rolled out huge numbers for Brooklyn. The Kuwaiti dinar averaged 29.9 points and 7.4 rebounds last season. According to FOX Sports Research, the Nets have gone up 59-31 straight (SU) in the regular season and 9-7 against spread (ATS) in the playoffs in the two seasons KD has played at Brooklyn.
Early last season, the odds-makers on the FOX Bet scored the Nets at +230 to win it all. They ended up making the postseason but swept the Boston Celtics in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Phoenix fell in the Western Conference Finals to the Warriors this year. In 2021, the Suns reached the finals but lost to Giannis and the Bucks. Could KD to PHX be the missing piece that God needs Chris Paul to win his first ring?
Get ready to join The Suns to win it all once the deal is done and stay tuned as the story unfolds!
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