The Duel

Odds to Win 2019 NBA Finals Plummet for Thunder While Jazz Rise

By Kevin Nardone
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With just a few games left in the NBA's regular season, the contenders are making their final tweaks as they prepare for the postseason.

The people at FanDuel Sportsbook have been making adjustments as well, and there are some shocking changes to the most recent odds to win the 2019 NBA Finals.

Notably, the Oklahoma City Thunder's odds to win the 2019 NBA Finals have fallen from +3200 on March 26 to +4400 on April 3. Meanwhile, the Utah Jazz's odds have jumped from +6500 on March 26 to +5500 on April 3.

The Thunder's odds movement makes a ton of sense, as they've really struggled down the stretch, winning three of their last 10 games. The Thunder were the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference heading into the All-Star break, but have since fallen into the last spot in the West playoffs.

If the standings don't change over the last few games of the regular season, the Thunder would have to square off against the Golden State Warriors in the first round. Considering the Warriors are the prohibitive favorites to win the title at -210, this first-round matchup would be really tough to stomach for a Thunder team that once looked so promising.

On the other hand, Utah is one of the hottest teams in the NBA right now. The Jazz have won 11 of their last 12 games, and they've been extremely effective on defense throughout the season. The Jazz allow 106.0 points per game (No. 4 in the NBA), which could make them a tough out in the postseason.

Thanks to this recent stretch, the Jazz are currently the No. 5 seed in the Western Conference. As a result, they're currently projected to take on the No. 4-seed Portland Trail Blazers, who could struggle without their starting center, Jusuf Nurkic, and a banged up C.J. McCollum.

Regardless, both the upset-minded Jazz and Thunder will likely have to face the Warriors in order to win the West. Golden State has qualified for the NBA Finals in each of the past four seasons, winning three titles, so knocking off the Warriors will certainly be a tough task in the 2019 postseason.

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