Injuries have largely shaped this NBA season. A condensed 72-game schedule over five months has led to injuries to key players on multiple teams that have altered title chances and shuffled award races. A few teams, like the Phoenix Suns, have been lucky and have not had to deal with such problems. But title favorites like the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers have been largely incomplete as they wait for their stars to return.
The betting market has been pretty static despite the injuries to stars like Anthony Davis, LeBron James, Kevin Durant and James Harden. DraftKings, FanDuel, SuperBook Sports and PointsBet have the Nets and Lakers atop the futures board for winning the NBA title, but what if we’re just taking for granted the greatness of these players and their ability to return from injury without missing a step?
Ironically, the team that was derailed by injuries and lack of continuity a season ago might be the team to beat when all is said and done.