For the second straight season, the Golden State Warriors will be without their full deck.
Sharpshooter Klay Thompson tore his right Achilles tendon in a pickup game Wednesday afternoon and he's expected to miss the entire 2020-21 basketball season. The injury immediately affected the betting odds at sportsbooks around the country.
PointsBet Sportsbook moved the Warriors from +700 all the way down to +2200 to win the NBA championship. They were fifth on the betting boards after the Lakers (+320 now), Bucks (+500), Nets (+575) and Clippers (+575) on Thursday morning. Now they're behind the Celtics (+1400) and Heat (+1600) and have the same odds as the Mavericks, Nuggets and Raptors (+2200).
"It's going to be extremely tough for them to win the title without Klay," one Vegas bookmaker told NBC Sports. "They're not as deep as they've been in the last four or five years and this injury takes them out of serious contention. They can't survive a deep postseason run without one of the Splash Brothers."
Meanwhile, PointsBet wasted very little time announcing that they were refunding all Warriors future bets thanks to the Karma Kommittee's "Good Karma Payout." Any Golden State bets placed pre-Thompson injury will be returned in full.
"This is in our DNA," PointsBet communications director Patrick Eichner told NBC Sports. "We're always looking to be bettor friendly and we do our best to make it a reality. Klay Thompson is one of those special athletes that transcends fandom. It's not just Warrior fans that love the guy. We couldn't wait to see Klay and Steph back on the court together to recreate some of that magic and we're really pulling for his full recovery. It was a no-brainer to act on this as soon as possible and refund all future bets on Golden State."
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