How Klay's Achilles tear impacts Warriors' NBA title odds


The Warriors entered Wednesday as one of the favorites to win the NBA championship this season.

They will end Thursday with a much longer shot.

Klay Thompson was diagnosed with a season-ending torn Achilles on Thursday after sustaining the injury in a pickup game Wednesday, moving Golden State's odds of winning an NBA title from +750 to  +2200. The Warriors' odds of winning the loaded Western conference moved from +400 to +1100.

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The Warriors now are tied with the Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets and Toronto Raptors for the seventh-best title odds, a clear class below second-tier contenders like the Miami Heat (+1400) and Boston Celtics (+1600) and well behind the presumptive favorites in the Los Angeles Lakers (+320), Milwaukee Bucks (+500), Los Angeles Clippers and Kevin Durant-led Brooklyn Nets (+575). Golden State has the fourth-best odds in the Western Conference behind both LA teams and Denver.

Thompson missed all of last season recovering from a torn ACL he sustained in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, and his healthy return to the Warriors' lineup was supposed to vault Golden State back into contention. Now, for a second straight season, the Warriors will try to make do without one of their centerpieces.

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Warriors general manager and president of basketball operations Bob Myers after the 2020 NBA Draft on Wednesday that the severity of Thompson's injury could affect how Golden State uses its traded player exception. The Warriors can apply for a disabled player exception worth up to $9.3 million, and the pressure will be on the rest of the roster to step up. Nobody will feel that more than former No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins, who's yet to play a game with Thompson after the Warriors traded for him in February.

Thompson's loss will be difficult to overcome, but the Warriors are still easily among the top eight teams in the Western Conference in terms of odds. Golden State shouldn't be considered a title contender, but there certainly is enough talent to make the playoffs in an expanded format.

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