Kevin Durant will definitely return to the Oklahoma City Thunder; at least, that’s according to the betting lines available for the OKC star’s chances of either staying in OKC or moving on to other teams like the Golden State Warriors or San Antonio Spurs. NBA rumors has Durant connected to a multitude of NBA teams, which is quite expected since he is the best player in 2016 free agency.
The usual sports books betting lines offer betting odds on games, spreads and totals but a few others offer some novelty lines; in this case, betting lines and prediction for where Kevin Durant will land in 2016 free agency.
Here’s a look at the latest betting line for Kevin Durant’s decision this summer (lines courtesy of betonline.com), which would support the NBA rumors that the OKC star will be returning to his original team.
Oklahoma City Thunder -350
Golden State Warriors +400
San Antonio Spurs +1000
New York Knicks +1200
Miami Heat +1400
Boston Celtics +1600
Los Angeles Clippers +2500
Washington Wizards +3300
Los Angeles Lakers +3300
For those not familiar with the betting odds and lines, the lower the odds (negative) the higher chance that it’d happen. This means that OKC (-350) is the heavy favorite with the Warriors (+400) and Spurs (+1000) the next two in line.
As with anything in sports, surprises and underdog wins happen; could Durant really be considering jumping ship to Golden State or San Antonio Spurs?
If yes, this would be big for Warriors’ and Spurs’ backers predicting Durant will choose those teams; a $100 bet on Durant to Golden State will get a payout of $400 and the same bet on Durant to San Antonio will net $1000!
However, this deep a line ($350 bet earns just $100 if Durant returns to OKC) it’s quite clear where Durant is leaning.
According to NBA rumors, Durant will consider six teams; the Thunder, Warriors, Spurs, Los Angeles Clippers, Boston Celtics and Miami Heat. All of those teams are title or playoff contenders. It’s clear that Durant wants only to play with a team that gives him a serious shot at winning his first NBA title.
Cross-checking that with the betting odds above, those six teams are among the top teams to land Durant this summer. With the exception of the New York Knicks, who are priced at +1200. Could this mean that Phil Jackson is not delusional after all and knows something other NBA experts don’t know?
For those who are wild about NBA rumors (that Durant can still join the Wizards or Lakers), then betting on those teams might have some logic too. A $100 bet on Durant to Washington or Los Angeles earns $3300!