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Paul George Injury: Pacers NBA Odds Drop

Never has one slip on a basketball court in a game in August had such an impact on odds to win the NBA championship.

With the Paul George injury odds swung dramatically in favor of Cleveland winning the NBA title, as they improved to 5-2. The NBA future odds on the Indiana Pacers plummeted to 33-1 from 18-1 at Bovada.

George destroyed his leg in an exhibition game at the FIBA Basketball World Cup. Early prognosis is that he could miss 18 months.

With Indiana considered a chief obstacle to LeBron James returning to his fifth NBA Finals and with George the best player on that Pacers' team, the path to the Eastern Conference championship certainly seems clearer.

The other ‘winner’ in the George injury odds (if you can call it that) is the Chicago Bulls, who were 7-1 on July 31 and 11-2 moments after the gruesome George collision with a backboard support.

“Everyone holding a Cleveland betting slip at 5-1 or 7-1 or who were clever enough to bet them before the James trade is feeling pretty good right now, like their lottery ticket just got more value,” said Mike Pickett of OddsShark.

The theory in betting circles is that most of the strongest NBA teams reside in the West and they will pound each other through three difficult playoff rounds. In the East, it's terrible with the Cavaliers suddenly the class of the conference after acquiring a single player (albeit a pretty good one in James).

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The Heat fell on the odds list, the Bulls did not hit the free agency slam dunk they needed and nobody else appears ready to challenge. The theory again is that the Cavs could waltz through the Eastern playoffs and mop the floor with whomever survives the wars in the West.

“That’s the theory anyway,” said Mike Pickett, our lead analyst here at OddsShark. “But shops like Bovada moved very quickly to re-set those odds and shorten the betting line on Cleveland.