The Oklahoma City Thunder won 60 games last season, a franchise record since moving to OKC. Matching that number is thought to be pretty unlikely by most odds makers.
After news broke that Russell Westbrook would be missing 4-6 weeks this season, the Thunder opened with a season win over/under line of just 50.2 on Oct. 1.
That number was way too low, even figuring Westbrook to miss so much time, and has been on the rise ever since.
“The morning (of Oct. 1) we were ready to open with 56.5, and then we got the news about Westbrook supposedly missing four to six weeks of the season, so we adjusted our opener down to 50.5 based on that,” SuperBook assistant manager Jeff Sherman told The Linemakers on Sporting News. “We’ve taken a little bit of OVER money on it, but he’s started to practice recently, so we moved them backed up to closer to where we going to originally have them.
“So most of that movement was based on Westbrook yes/no, that type of information. … We don’t think he’s going to miss quite as much time as anticipated.”
Last night, news came out that Westbrook may be able to return much sooner than 4-6 weeks, possibly by mid-November. The Thunder over/under may once again rise by the time they play their season-opener tonight in Utah.
We saw how valuable Westbrook was when he went down in the playoffs last season. If he is only going to miss two weeks, his absence may only cost the Thunder a game or two, if that.